Published: Aug 11, 2010 4:00 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 11, 2010 1:00 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Rick Scott won't be there, but Bill McCollum still plans to show up in Orlando and take questions in what was supposed to be a third televised debate between the Republican candidates for governor.

Scott, the front-runner, opted out of the Wednesday event in Orlando. He had wanted a public forum in Jacksonville instead, which organizers weren't able to provide.

Scott plans to attend a luncheon for small business owners in Jacksonville Wednesday, while McCollum fields questions from journalists in the 30-minute Orlando forum.

Scott, a former hospital corporation CEO, has spent more than $25 million of his own money on statewide TV commercials. McCollum is the state's elected attorney general.

The primary is Aug. 24.