Crist wants more debates with Gov. Scott

By Associated Press
Published On: Aug 06 2014 11:44:48 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2014 01:22:27 PM EDT

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (left) and current Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and top Democratic rival Charlie Crist are not in agreement on the number of gubernatorial debates.

Scott announced on Tuesday that he would appear in three debates hosted by Telemundo, CNN and Leadership Florida that will occur in October.

That drew criticism from Crist who said in a statement that doing three debates is a "disservice to voters." He wants at least one debate to be held in a town hall forum that features questions from voters. The Crist campaign said it has accepted invitations to seven debates.

Crist is not the Democratic nominee. He will square off against state senator Nan Rich in the Aug. 26 primary.

Crist has refused to debate Rich before their primary, saying that he is focused on running against Scott.

Crist announces first day policies if elected

Crist says he will sign five executive orders on his first day back in office if he's elected in November.

Crist made the announcement Tuesday. He said he would order agencies under his control to require that contractors pay employees at least $10.10 an hour.

He also said he would sign orders banning discrimination against gay and transgender employees at agencies under his control and their contractors, and another to require equal pay for women.

Contractors would be required to, whenever possible, hire Florida companies as subcontractors.

And Crist said he would sign an order to require agencies to provide public records at the lowest possible cost to the public.

Crist served as a Republican governor from 2007 to 2011 and is now running as a Democrat.

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