PARTICIPATION IN THE FLORIDA GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE IS A BIG TICKET ITEM
Yesterday, the Republican Party of Florida announced there would be no presidential straw poll at it's gathering in Orlando the weekend of October 20-21. Instead, the FPOF is teaming with Fox News Channel to present a live, televised debate between the GOP candidates.
The Palm Beach Post political blog Q is now reporting that those candidates wishing to participate in the debate will have to put up $100,000. And the St. Petersburg Times mentioned that delegates, or "ambassadors", as they will be known, will be charged an entry fee. But it wonders..."What happens if the candidates say they would rather spend their money elsewhere? Is a Fox News debate for the GOP presidential candidates in October really worth it?"
My guess is that the serious candidates will do it. They may not like it, but they'll do it because Florida is too important --- especially if the Legislature decides to move up the primary --- and a good showing in a nationally televised debate heading into the primary/caucus season would certainly help.
And who is the real winner in this? Q is suggesting Governor Charlie Crist, as he is once again showing that he's the man in charge.