Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom officially agreed to a 1-on-1 debate.
The televised debate will air November 30th on Fox News.
Fox News host Sean Hannity will moderate the debate on his 9 p.m. EST program.
🚨 Newsom and DeSantis have officially agreed to a debate pic.twitter.com/34IwTKfevr
— TheBlaze (@theblaze) September 25, 2023
The Hill reports:
The event will run 90 minutes and take place at location that has still yet to be determined but will be in Georgia.
In a statement issued through the network, Hannity said he is “looking forward to providing viewers with an informative debate about the everyday issues and governing philosophies that impact the lives of every American.”Advertisement
The planned debate comes as DeSantis looks to break through the Republican primary field and establish himself as a legitimate challenger to former President Trump, who has a sizable lead in most GOP primary polls.
DeSantis will participate in the second GOP primary debate Wednesday, an event airing on Fox Business Network that Trump plans to skip.
The Floridian proposed the idea of a DeSantis-Newsom general election despite DeSantis having virtually zero chance of being the 2024 Republican nominee.
.@RealDonaldTrump Leads Biden by 10 Points, but Could @RonDeSantis and @GavinNewsom Eventually Face-Off in 2024?
Reported by @javmanjarres via @Floridianpress https://t.co/XBJMfDgDd0 #Florida #FlPol@gavin
— The Floridian (@Floridianpress) September 25, 2023
From The Floridian:
DeSantis appears to have an advantage over Newsom when comparing the economic outlook of their respective states, but Newsom is not candidate, and DeSantis is.
Currently, DeSantis is getting walloped in the Republican presidential primary by Trump.
In the aforementioned ABC/WaPo poll, Trump is leading DeSantis by 39 percentage points.
Trump is leading DeSantis by 44.2 percent in the average of all national polls conducted in this race.
DeSantis online “influencers”, who are rumored to being paid through third party vendors, are up in arms about the recent polling that shows Trump defeating Biden by 10 points.
“There is virtually ZERO chance Ron Desantis will be the 2024 Republican Presidential nominee and some chance Gavin Newsom could be the Democrat. DeSantis v. Newsom isn’t happening in 2024 or 2028,” said Roger Stone.
There is virtually ZERO chance Ron Desantis will be the 2024 Republican Presidential nominee and some chance @GavinNewsom could be the Democrat. DeSantis v. Newsom isn't happening in 2024 or 2028 but the @Floridianpress poll analysis make this worth the read. https://t.co/i9vNcMccDa
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) September 25, 2023
Gavin Newsom has denied rumors he’s considering a 2024 presidential run.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has a message to voters who think President Joe Biden won’t run again.
“We need to move past this notion that he’s not going to run,” Newsom told NBC “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd in an interview clip released Friday. “President Biden is going to run and I’m looking forward to him getting reelected.”
Newsom’s comments further end speculation about a potential 2024 White House bid. The California governor has long said he won’t challenge Biden for the 2024 Democratic nomination but has been talked about as a potential future presidential candidate.
Newsom’s message to donors wondering if the nominee will be someone besides Biden is: “Time to move on. Let’s go.”
“I think there’s been so much wallowing in the last few months, and handwringing in this respect,” Newsom said. “But we’re gearing up for the campaign. We’re looking forward to it.”
For months, Newsom and DeSantis have thrown barbs at each other while raising the possibility of joining Hannity for a debate to settle their political rivalry. The Fox host proposed the debate during an interview with Newsom in June, and DeSantis agreed to the challenge in the midst of his run for president.
DeSantis might have the upper hand if the debate is going to be held by one of Fox’s most stridently right-wing opinion hosts, but Newsom says he’s ready for that, having told NBC’s Chuck Todd “It’s two against one. Bring it on.”