Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Senate candidates agree to only use questions from the internet for upcoming UCF debate

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 at 4:44 PM

click image PHOTO VIA ALAN GRAYSON'S FACEBOOK
  • Photo via Alan Grayson's Facebook
Ever wanted to be a debate moderator? Now's your chance, sort of. 

On Monday, April 25, U.S. Senate hopefuls Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and Republican Rep. David Jolly have agreed to participate in a debate with questions proposed and selected by online users. 

According to the Orlando Sentinel, the live debate will take place at 7 p.m. in the WUCF station at UCF. 

This "open debate" is being organized by the Open Debate Coalition, a bipartisan organization that states that it believes in a "participatory democracy."

"We endorse this Open Debate principle: The public should be empowered to conceive and select debate questions – so that questions addressed by candidates represent the will of the people," reads a statement on the organization's website.

Visitors to the debate's website can submit questions and then Florida residents can vote on which ones they want asked at the event. Then, at the live, one-hour debate, moderators will be able to chose questions from "the top 30 vote-getters picked by Florida voters."

USA Today reports that Rep. Patrick Murphy, another Democratic candidate in the race, declined to participate in the debate.

You can watch Monday's debate streamed like on the Open Debate Coalition's website or on The Young Turks Network

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