Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

King, Terry Unlikely to Debate Issues

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

King, Terry Unlikely to Debate Issues

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Northeast Florida voters apparently won't see Sen. Jim King and his GOP challenger, Randall Terry, face off in any debates before the Sept. 5 primary election.

Both campaigns swapped challenges Thursday, but the King campaign shut the door on the possibility with a statement saying the incumbent senator would have "no part" of a debate because Terry consistently has campaigned negatively.

"We feel there is nothing to debate because the senator's record on the issues and accomplishments have been very well-vetted in the press, and Mr. Terry has based his campaign on lies and fabrications," King spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said.

Terry called King "a coward."

"He's caved in, and they're lying through their teeth," he said. "I want to talk about homeowners insurance, medical malpractice, health insurance, property taxes, school vouchers, homosexual couples adopting children, and whether illegal immigrants should get state money."

Terry also accused King of backing out of a scheduled debate, but Bascom said that was based on a scheduling conflict and a misunderstanding with a local TV station.


Sen. Stephen Wise has endorsed Sen. Jim King for re-election, ending a long-running open question in the high-profile race because of an unfriendly history between the two men.

Wise, R-Jacksonville, one of the more staunch conservatives in the Legislature, has served with King since Wise's election to the state House in 1988.

Although both Republicans often have voted similarly over the years, relations between the two fell apart during King's bid for the Senate presidency, and the two harbored one of the more noticeable grudges in Tallahassee for years.

After King left the Senate presidency in 2005, the two improved their relationship and this year worked together on several issues, including stronger accountability for voucher schools. …

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