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he St. Petersburg Times presents a closer look at the history, background and candidates of the 1998 debates for Florida governor and U.S. Senate.

Debate information | Race for governor | Race for senator

The debates

A note from the coordinator
In some ways these debates have been four years in the making.

Self-propelled moderator has charm, clout
The ultimate Washington insider comes from Buffalo, N.Y., and looks it.

How to see the debates
Both debates take place at the Bayfront Center's Mahaffey Theater, but all tickets already have been distributed to the public.

Setting the stage on neutral ground
Debates are a form of political theater, and this week's televised debates between Florida's Senate and gubernatorial candidates will have many of the behind-the-scenes ingredients of a stage show or a concert at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg.

Debate tips to keep in mind
Janet Brown, the executive director of the Commission on Presidential Debates, offers this advice for debate watchers: Don't expect Entertainment Tonight.

Highlights from the previous debate
The following are excerpts from the Oct. 8 gubernatorial debate in Orlando between Republican Jeb Bush and Democrat Buddy MacKay:

A closer look at the Debates '98 logo
It seems like such a simple thing, but it takes considerable time and thought to design a logotype appropriate for a political debate, especially if the insignia must serve a dual purpose.

Readers Q&A
We asked St. Petersburg Times readers what questions they would like to see asked of the candidates if they had the chance. Here is what is on their minds.

Debate scorecard
Who's the better debater? You decide for yourself with a special scorecard.

Who's responsible?
A look at the presenter, producer and sponsors of the debates

Graham Crist MacKay Bush

The race for governor
The issues: Where Bush, MacKay stand
In a time of rapid change in Florida, we offer a reference guide to the facts and figures behind the state issues that Buddy MacKay and Jeb Bush will talk about in their debate.

The race for senator
The issues: Where Crist, Graham stand
What are the facts behind the issues that Bob Graham and Charlie Crist will be talking about in their debate? And will their answers be consistent with stands they've taken before?

 

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