Attorney General Race Heats Up by Mitch E. Perry

09/27/06

In the Attorney Generals race, Democrat Skip Campbell’s camp is accusing Bill McCollum of avoiding any type of debate.

The two were in Miami together this morning, speaking to the Miami Dade County Bar Association Luncheon …Originally, McCollum had said he would NOT accept Questions, but then relented.

But afterwards, the Campbell team complained that a debate scheduled for next month at the University of Florida Law School, may not happen now.

In a press release, the Campbell team quotes Bill McCollum’s campaign manager, Phil Vangelakos as saying that although ‘Bill would like to debate, his political consultant said it would not be a good idea.�

Jeff Garcia is Skip Campbell’s Campaign spokesman (roll tape#1 o.q.�yet again�)

But Bill McCollum says the answer for that is simple. Speaking to WMNF via his cell phone this afternoon, the former longtime GOP Congressman says he wants to debate all right – but before statewide, and not regional television audiences (roll tape#2 o.q.�quite awhile today�)

That’s Bill McCollum, GOP candidate for Attorney General….At that forum in front of the Dade County Bar Association, McCollum said he had NO regrets for his role as one of the House Managers in the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998.

McCollum, also said that he still thinks the former president should have been removed from office. The House voted in December 1998 to impeach Clinton on grounds of perjury and obstruction of justice in an investigation involving his relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The Senate, however, acquitted Clinton in February 1999 after a three-week trial.

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