Duck, Duck, DeSantis: Why Won’t Adam Putnam and Ron DeSantis Debate?
Instead of Debating, DeSantis and Putnam Choose Fox News Appearances and an Endless Number of BBQs
The Democratic candidates willingness to have a real discussion about the issues stands in stark contrast to the GOP field. Ron DeSantis and Adam Putnam haven’t even scheduled a time to debate — and only have one non-televised “forum” on the books.
Instead of having a substantive debate about the issues, both candidates have stuck to their respective safe spaces: Fox News for DeSantis and an endless number of BBQs and breakfasts for Putnam.
By refusing to debate, the GOP gubernatorial primary has become the Seinfield primary: an election about nothing. Adam Putnam talks in platitudes about vocational education, but has yet to offer any substantive plan about how he would create a stronger workforce. Ron DeSantis doesn’t even bother to talk about Florida issues — instead launching criminal referrals against Hillary Clinton from a Fox News green room. Both seem more interested in praising Donald Trump than laying out a substantive agenda.
A GOP gubernatorial debate would give Florida voters important information about where the candidates on some of the major challenges facing the states. On a number of key issues, voters have no idea where the Republican candidates stand, including:
- Do they support HB 7055?
- Do they support raising the minimum wage?
- What would they do to expand access to affordable, quality health care?
- After the Legislature’s failure to pass sexual harassment, what steps would they take to address this issue in Tallahassee?
- Do they support Rick Scott's decision to limit public access to Florida's beaches?