Two weeks before the election that could swing the entire U.S. Senate, Connie Mack is still hoping for another debate with the man he's trying to knock off — Democrat Bill Nelson.
"We have accepted eight debates," Mack told reporters after he spoke before a crowd at a Mitt Romney campaign office on South Gandy Boulevard in Tampa. "He only accepted one. We accepted debates with CNN, with former Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat ... look, it's not a secret. Sen. Nelson thinks he's entitled to the seat. He's not out there working for it. He doesn't want to to debate. I think everybody saw in the last debate why. We would love the opportunity to have another debate."
The one and only scheduled debate between the two candidates was held last week in Fort Lauderdale.
However, some think it's a bit hypocritical for Mack to complain about Nelson's refusal to engage in more debates. After all, isn't that what Mack did this past summer to his GOP opponents like Dave Weldon and Mike McCalister by refusing to engage in any televised forums with them?
Mack denied that was the case. "What was clear was that we had a 35-point lead over our primary opponents. This race is neck-and-neck."
On Tuesday, Mack was joined in Tampa and at two other stops in Florida by Arizona Sen. John McCain, who told Mack at the Republican convention that he would gladly campaign for him this fall.