Nikki Fried wants all NBC affiliates carrying her debate with Charlie Crist live

Fried vs Crist
The debate will broadcast in at least four markets, including Miami.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nikki Fried wants every NBC affiliate in Florida to air a debate with Primary opponent Charlie Crist.

The Agriculture Commissioner called on broadcasters in all 10 Florida media markets to carry a debate hosted by NBC 6 and Telemundo 51 in Miami; the debate takes place Thursday at 7 p.m.. So far, only four NBC outlets in the state have publicized plans to broadcast the content. But Fried said voters in every market deserve the ability to watch the only debate between the two lead Democrats running for Governor.

“Women’s rights, civil rights and democracy are at stake, so it’s good to know which TV stations were quick to expand the reach of the debate after Charlie Crist shrank and bailed from the planned series of debates,” said Fried.

“However, many Floridians still rely on local broadcast TV to hear from the candidates, together, unfiltered and with journalists adding accountability — in English and Spanish. This is their only opportunity to do that because Charlie Crist only agreed to one debate after being shamed for refusing to debate at all. I can’t believe any of these stations would do such a disservice to viewers.”

To date, NBC 6 in Miami, WESH in Orlando, First Coast News in Jacksonville and WPTV in West Palm Beach intend to broadcast the debate live. So does Telemundo in Miami, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa and Orlando, for Spanish-language audiences.

But Fried’s campaign said WFLA in Tampa and WTWC in Tallahassee declined requests to show the debate live. The campaign said it is in conversations with NBC-2 in Fort Myers and optimistic the debate will air for English language audiences.

It’s unclear if WJGH in Panama City, WNBW in Gainesville or MyNBC in Pensacola will broadcast.

Fried, who lags Crist in most polls but received good reviews after a speech at the Leadership Blue gala, aims to reach more voters leading up to the Aug. 23 Democratic Primary. For months, Fried criticized Crist for declining to participate in debates or forums.

Crist’s campaign team in May said Crist would only do one debate, but he has attended numerous forums and spoken at events where Fried participated as well, including Leadership Blue.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Joe Corsin

    July 20, 2022 at 9:50 am

    DeSantis collaborated with ISIS against coalition forces in Iraq… raped a dead woman. Vote Crist for governor.

    • Impeach Biden

      July 20, 2022 at 9:01 pm

      DeSantis served, did you Joe Corsin resident communist? You are young and dumb or a college prof that can’t exist in The real world.

      • Joe Corsin

        July 20, 2022 at 11:47 pm

        2000 – 2007 …Iraq 2004 – 2006… Baghdad, Iskandaria, Ramadi. Not an officer on light duty. Higher ranking people didn’t like to come out to our sector the second time around and rarely did.

        Vote RED for homophobia, racism, sedition, bioterrorism, far right propaganda, forced birth of meth babies and crack babies (AkA Republican voters), shoveling money to the rich, lunatic theocracy, and far right police state.

      • Joe Corsin

        July 21, 2022 at 9:17 am

        Vote RED for lunatic billionaires grifting stupid people to a husk
        Vote RED for religious police, religious law, and far right police state
        Vote RED for domestic terrorist militias intimidating the population mad max style
        Vote RED for low wage slavery

        • Impeach Biden

          July 21, 2022 at 9:38 am

          You obviously did not serve. I’m guessing you have green or purple hair. You are all tattooed up and have piercings and spacers. Mom is probably making you some waffles right now.

          • Joe Corsin

            July 21, 2022 at 9:45 am

            ^ Vote RED for abominable far right filth such as this guy.
            ^ Vote RED for unhinged narcissistic psychos such as this guy
            ^ Vote RED for terrorist supporters such as this guy

          • Impeach Biden

            July 21, 2022 at 10:25 am

            Like I said you obviously did both serve Joe. You are probably an employee of George Soros as a professional protester. You add nothing to the economy. You sit in front of your computer spewing BS while the country suffers from 40 year high inflation, record fuel prices, record breaking crime and a non existent Southern Border. People vote with their wallets and pocketbooks and it won’t be pretty for your liberal party come November. Watch the Fried / Crist debate. You won’t see either one after November.

          • Elliott Offen

            July 21, 2022 at 10:26 am

            Anyone who is not a neo nazi like “Impeach Biden” hasn’t served in the military? If you served and backed the Insurrectionist traitor Trump…you disgraced your service. Should be stripped of your medals. And what are you talking about communism for you idiot. America has become more capitalist every year for the last 40 years. If it continues, in 40 years the rich will have everything and quite possibly there will be slavery again… white and black people. You sir are an imbecile….

          • Patt

            July 21, 2022 at 2:54 pm

            lol. You tell em. Just what I was thinking.

      • marylou

        July 21, 2022 at 5:53 pm

        Ron is very secretive about his military service as a Commissioned Officer in the Law Dept, but it’s been uncovered that he received an award for Prosecuting at least 25 Court Martial Cases. He was also Assistant Urinalysis Coordinator for Drug Testing.

        Q: What’s the difference between a lawyer and a liar?
        A: The pronunciation.

        • Impeach Biden

          July 21, 2022 at 9:35 pm

          So he did his job. You probably want to defund the military Justice system.

          • Joe Corsin

            July 21, 2022 at 10:12 pm

            Lay off the pills and booze dude. Just your screen name shows that you are a disordered sub-ape.

          • marylou

            July 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm

            Slick Ivy League Lawyer locking up the men and women who were doing the real work of risking their lives for their country. Then he’s busting them for smoking a joint on their time off.
            Q: How many lawyer jokes are there?
            A: Only three. The rest are true stories.

  • PeterH

    July 20, 2022 at 6:23 pm

    Thursday is an important January 6th coup investigation hearing at 8pm. Poor scheduling.

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