'I know he had a rough night, but I’m happy to give him a do-over': Charlie Crist wants more debates with Ron DeSantis

This isn’t a new stance for Crist, who sought multiple debates to no avail earlier in the campaign.

click to enlarge 'I know he had a rough night, but I’m happy to give him a do-over': Charlie Crist wants more debates with Ron DeSantis
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Behind in most polls of the race, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist wants two more debates with Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Crist and DeSantis debated Monday night in South Florida, the sole debate DeSantis agreed to in the 2022 campaign being on what Crist called the “conservative Sinclair network.” That debate itself was rescheduled, after being postponed in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

With just two weeks left until the vote is counted, Crist is urging the incumbent to reconsider. This isn’t a new stance for Crist, who sought multiple debates to no avail earlier in the campaign.

“One hour was apparently not enough time for Ron DeSantis to answer some simple questions, like whether he will stay in the job for four years and whether he will ban abortion outright,” said Crist. “I know he had a rough night, but I’m happy to give him a do-over because the people of Florida deserve to hear him answer those questions.”

Crist’s statement references a couple of moments where the famously loquacious DeSantis proved less than articulate.

The Governor floundered when Crist asked him if he intended to stay in office the full second term if elected, given the rumors that DeSantis is eyeing a run for the White House in 2024.

“I have a question for you,” Crist asked DeSantis Monday. “If you’re running for Governor, why don’t you look in the eyes of the people of the state of Florida and say to them that if you’re re-elected, you will serve a full four-year term as Governor.”

DeSantis’ abortion comments were likewise framed as opaque by Crist, who has devoted a lot of General Election messaging to undoing the state’s new law that bans abortion after the 15th week of gestation, without exceptions for rape or incest.

We’ve reached out to the DeSantis campaign for comment, and will update if response is provided.

This story was first published at Florida Politics.
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