Charlie Crist agrees to three debates, confirms at least one matchup against Ron DeSantis
Debate night is almost here.

The Republican incumbent and Democratic challenger are set to debate on Oct. 12.

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Charlie Crist have settled on at least one debate after the Democratic challenger RSVP’d to three prospective debates.

Crist’s list includes the prominent “Before You Vote” Debate, as well as the WPEC CBS 12 West Palm Beach Debate and the Decision 2022 Debate. However, the “Before You Vote” Debate is a hollow pledge, as Gov. Ron DeSantis will not participate in that debate, the only event set to broadcast statewide.

But DeSantis has agreed to participate in at least one debate, the debate hosted by WPEC CBS 12, a TV station owned by the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group. The debate will air Oct. 12.

“I look forward to debating Ron DeSantis and holding him accountable for his extremist, anti-choice, billionaire donor agenda,” Crist said in a statement first obtained by Florida Politics. “If Ron DeSantis wants to take away more of our freedoms and rights, the least he can do is show up and tell Florida voters and why.”

DeSantis participated in the “Before You Vote” Debate against former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum during the 2018 gubernatorial race. The debate is the longest-running, nonpartisan televised debate series in Florida’s modern history.

The Decision 2022 Debate is hosted by Spectrum News, Tampa Bay Times, Orlando Sentinel and South Florida Sun Sentinel.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio has indicated his intention to debate Democratic U.S. Rep. Val Demings in the senatorial version of the “Before You Vote” Debate, scheduled for Oct. 18.

The General Election will take place Nov. 8.

Crist, a former Congressman and Governor, resigned from the U.S. House at the end of last month to focus on the gubernatorial campaign.

Crist was elected Governor in 2006 as a Republican. He also mounted an unsuccessful bid to retake the Governor’s Mansion from then-Gov. Rick Scott in his first campaign as a Democrat.

Polls show a potentially close race between DeSantis and Crist. Recent surveys put DeSantis’ lead between 3 and 5 points.

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Charlie Crist

    September 12, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Vote for me. Together we can defeat mini orange Hitler and his neo nazi supporters here in Florida. We fired Orange Hitler, now let’s get rid of mini Hitler.

    • Hope

      September 12, 2022 at 6:31 am

      The sad state of the Democratic Party campaign strategy. They have no accomplishments to run on. So they deflect on negativity, scare tactics, name calling, to draw attention away from their mismanagement and corruption.

      Voters don’t like what they see and will vote them out resoundingly. Then there will be impeachments, investigations and consequences.

      Liz Cheney was only the beginning. Next up Warnock and Fetterman..


      • Charlie Crist

        September 12, 2022 at 9:05 am

        👆Buncha BS..far right propaganda.

    • Daniel

      September 12, 2022 at 9:04 am


    • Jayson Smith

      September 14, 2022 at 5:21 pm

      Really? Dems are the Hitler. Enforcing mask mandates, enforcing lock downs. That is a rule of a Hitler. Having a government telling adults what to do is a Hitler.

      How many private business failed under Hitler Democrats and there BS lockdowns?
      Never forget the FREEDOM DeSantis provides

      DeSantis is a hero. He allowed freedom in Florida. He allowed us to live our lives not under an iron first.

  • Elliott Offen

    September 12, 2022 at 5:59 am

    “Can’t we just not have election and make some sick billionaire maniac dictator for life?” – The GOP

    • Ocean Joe

      September 12, 2022 at 6:35 am

      Impeach Biden is going to have to buy a bigger truck so he can fit that bumper sticker on it.

      • Impeach Biden

        September 12, 2022 at 6:46 am

        Good morning Ocean. Conservatives can’t place bumper stickers on our cars or place political signs in our yards as leftist lunatics will key / damage our cars or show up to our houses and protest and threaten us. Just ask members of the Supreme Court. We will show up on Nov 8 though and give Ron DeSantis another four years. I agree with Hope. How is it that Fetterman is even in contention for US Senate in Pennsylvania?

        • Jay Smif

          September 12, 2022 at 10:47 am

          Fetterman is beating carpetbagging fake (and don’t forget, Muslim) Doc Oz like a rented mule, and will beat him back to New Jersey and drop him over the state line, whimpering and begging to go back to his mansion on a hill.

          You feel like a “victim,” little conservative dork? Christ, you conservatives are such snowflakes. Maybe another pathetic “boat parade” will boost your spirits, or do you just want to cry out “trump won” again at the top of your delusional, girlish lungs?

          • Tom

            September 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

            Jay Sniffer, Fetterman is a socialist.
            People of PA ain’t electing him.
            He’s a complete nut job.
            You are a racist as is Fetterman, chased an African American with loaded weapon as mayor. PA is pro life, not pro choice state.

            Hadn’t worked a day in his life, trust fund. He is an embarrassment.

            Sniff your sniffer ain’t sniffing.

        • Tjb

          September 14, 2022 at 1:50 pm

          And the Trump MAGA Force invaded our Capitol, attacked the law enforcement protecting the Capitol,, and attempted to overthrow democracy.
          Just curious, did DeSantis ever denounce this attacked on the Capitol.

      • Tom

        September 12, 2022 at 1:49 pm

        Hey Ocean, how are you?
        Just checking in on you.
        Regards, Legend,

    • Hope

      September 12, 2022 at 6:40 am

      I don’t think Americans are going to vote your way. They don’t like the Commander in Chief being a Trafficker in Chief or getting our servicemen killed in Afghanistan because of the incompetence and mismanagement, the fallen economy, the baby formula shortage, the supply chain interruptions, inflation, high price of gas, causing the war in the Ukraine, ties to China, Hunter Biden’s laptop, weaponizing the Department of Justice, the corruption in the FBI.

      Warnock is using his campaign funds for lawsuits that are being filed against him and Fetterman is mentally and physically incapable to serve because of his medical condition. Not withstanding his abysmal record as a former mayor that put the town into extinction where houses are selling for only $3,000 for a four bedroom two bathroom home. Voters have had enough of the Democratic Party nonsense.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 12, 2022 at 9:06 am

        👆 More neo-nazi propaganda…

        • Hope

          September 12, 2022 at 3:46 pm

          The Democratic Party Strategy Playbook
          #1 – Deflection
          #2 – Lies, False Accusations
          #3 – Name Calling
          #4 – Hate Speech
          #5 – Personal Insults
          #6 – Misspellings, Poor grammar, Punctuation..
          #7 – Vulgar Language
          #8 – Multiple Aliases, Identity Theft

          They believe the above strategies compensates for their lack of thoughtful factual dialogue.

          • Concern Citizen

            September 13, 2022 at 10:04 am

            Are we talk about Tom?

      • Tjb

        September 14, 2022 at 1:52 pm

        And George has a real peach of a candidate in Herschel Walker. CTE is a sad injury.

  • ScienceBLVR

    September 12, 2022 at 6:42 am

    Deep down, the only reason a politician wont debate is that they are just plain chicken. DeSantis is not only a bully but a big fat sissy, too. He’s the big man when he is attacking teachers, companies, women, high school kids, etc, but when it comes to matching wits with Charley, he hides behind the curtain- and it isn’t because he’s a wizard, that’s for sure.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 12, 2022 at 6:49 am

      You are incorrect. Just like Debbie Wasserman-Schultz in District 23. She rarely debates anyone because she is always (unfortunately) a cinch for re-election here in the People’s Republic of Broward County. Yes the rag paper “Sun-Sentinel is calling out DeSantis but never says a word on why Debbie doesn’t debate. Now why is that?

      • Tjb

        September 12, 2022 at 12:06 pm

        DeSantis in a November 2021 fundraising newsletter had the following theme, “Florida’s Governor Has A Pair”.I don’t know if Debbie has them, but it looks like Ron doesn’t have a pair. Man up DeSantis and do the debates … what are you afraid of?

      • marylou

        September 13, 2022 at 7:42 pm

        DWS refused primary debates, so that’s the Democrats’ problem. You and Trump should thank Debbie for what she did in the 2016 Dem primary. She left in disgrace–but after she did the damage. Desantis shouldn’t be using her as a role model! He should put on his little fighter pilot costume and answer the voters’ questions.

    • Hope

      September 12, 2022 at 7:16 am

      There you go again with the name calling and bullying. What you’re seeing in DeSantis is called leadership. The Democratic Party should try it sometime

      • Impeach Biden

        September 12, 2022 at 7:21 am

        I think ScienceBLVR is a school teacher. I don’t want that person anywhere near my kids. Thankfully my kids are grown and won’t be subject to his / her propaganda. It’s a shame my property tax money pays that person’s salary.

        • Elliott Offen

          September 12, 2022 at 9:08 am

          You think? Not likely 😆

          • Impeach Biden

            September 12, 2022 at 9:33 am

            Is that another one of your aliases?

        • Tom

          September 12, 2022 at 12:10 pm

          Impeach is a union hack!
          Didn’t even know depression started in late 20’s under Hoover.

          Over half educator /teachers are not union members.
          Gov will get 50% of educators support!

          Weingarten, Hernandez Matz are eating it now. They bet on lock downs! Sued DeSantis lost.
          Sick’d feds on parents.
          DeSantis wins big. .
          Weingarten is a enemy of kids, parents and society. Matz is her nea deputy.

      • Nedra Guzman

        September 13, 2022 at 8:11 am

        Wow your comments are in insane Desantis is dangerous and bad for Florida he’s a mini trump in his beliefs and actions he does not support equality he supports the wealthy and wants to schools to continue teaching lies about us history worse he does NOT support womens rights

  • joey

    September 12, 2022 at 8:46 am

    He want to be president but he scare to debates? If he do such a great job will be happy to debate in 5.

  • PeterH

    September 12, 2022 at 10:31 am

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……


    • Linda

      September 12, 2022 at 8:16 pm

      My Dad was a Republican so I respected him by voting for Richard Nixon the first time I voted… I’ve been a Democrat ever since… I grew up in a conservative state but discovered the brand Conservative only means they want to control one’s religious beliefs when it suits them… I don’t believe The Good Samaritan could have been a Republican by today’s standards… It’s all about self & greed with them, no neighbor helping neighbor…

      • Hope

        September 13, 2022 at 10:52 am

        Bye-Done makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy. You should recalibrate your ethics and humanity.

      • marylou

        September 13, 2022 at 5:05 pm

        Maybe one of the Republicans here could tell everyone which of Christ’s values Desantis shares…

  • Tom

    September 12, 2022 at 11:30 am

    America’s Gov has agree to one, you may see a second. I’d settle for that.

    The Dems penny cheap street acts will not cease regardless.

    Gov Ron has a wonderful record, much to share in Success. Chameleon is a liar, shill, will grand stand to no end, he has no shame.

    The hack haters like mid believer that are on this page, will be the likes that show up. The venom and hate by extremist left is overwhelming.

    Regardless, chameleon is shameful. His Lt Gov is a disaster. Chameleon is so 90’s, embarrassing.

  • Gloria

    September 12, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Great article, Mike. I appreciate your work, i’m currently making over 35000 dollars monthly just by doing a straightforward job on-line! i do recognize yh60 You presently creating a great deal of bucks online from 28000 dollars, its simple online operational jobs

    simply open the link———

  • Linda

    September 12, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    My Dad was a Republican so I respected him by voting for Richard Nixon the first time I voted… I’ve been a Democrat ever since… I grew up in a conservative state but discovered the brand Conservative only means they want to control one’s religious beliefs when it suits them… I don’t believe The Good Samaritan could have been a Republican by today’s standards… It’s all about self & greed with them, no neighbor helping neighbor…

    • marylou

      September 13, 2022 at 5:29 pm

      Somebody needs to tell them that guy with the long, red tail whispering in their ear is not Jesus…

Comments are closed.


Florida Politics is a statewide, new media platform covering campaigns, elections, government, policy, and lobbying in Florida. This platform and all of its content are owned by Extensive Enterprises Media.

Publisher: Peter Schorsch @PeterSchorschFL

Contributors & reporters: Phil Ammann, Drew Dixon, Roseanne Dunkelberger, A.G. Gancarski, Anne Geggis, Ryan Nicol, Jacob Ogles, Cole Pepper, Gray Rohrer, Jesse Scheckner, Christine Sexton, Drew Wilson, and Mike Wright.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @PeterSchorschFL
Phone: (727) 642-3162
Address: 204 37th Avenue North #182
St. Petersburg, Florida 33704

Sign up for Sunburn