Candidates for governor debate in Florida, Wisconsin

If the campaign ads and stump speeches are a predictor, we already know some of what Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke will say in their first debate.
If the campaign ads and stump speeches are a predictor, we already know some of what Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke will say in their first debate.

Florida and Wisconsin are states with two of the tightest races for governor in the nation, and both have debates scheduled for Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.

In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist shared the debate stage for the first time on Telemundo as they battle for the Hispanic vote. The candidates faced questions at Telemundo’s studio in Miramar at 11 a.m. ET; the debate is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. (The candidates answered questions in English, and the station translated their answers into Spanish.)

PolitiFact Florida, a partnership of the Tampa Bay Times and Miami Herald, is fact-checking the Telemundo debate. Follow them on Twitter at @PolitiFactFL and suggest fact-checks with #PolitiFactThis. PolitiFact Florida has previewed the debate, summarizing 13 important fact-checks from the race so far.

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker and Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycle executive, debate in in Eau Claire at 7 p.m. CT. The program is being broadcast live on TV and radio stations around the state. Wisconsin Public Television plans to live stream the event as well.

PolitiFact Wisconsin, a project of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, will fact-check the debate. Follow them on Twitter at @PolitiFactWisc and suggest fact-checks with #PolitiFactThis. You can also read a preview of the debate with fact-checks of what Walker and Burke have said in the past. 

Both sites will feature coverage of the debate as we complete our work. Check the homepages of PolitiFact Florida and PolitiFact Wisconsin for the latest fact-checks.