Republican presidential contender, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has officially accepted the challenge to debate Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom on Fox News. In an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, DeSantis expressed his enthusiastic readiness for the debate, stating, “Absolutely, I’m game. Just tell me when and where.”
The invitation from Newsom came after he proposed a “Red vs. Blue Debate” in June during an interview with Hannity. When asked if he would debate the Florida governor, Newsom responded, “You would do a two-hour debate with Ron DeSantis? Make it three.”
In addition, a spokesman for Newsom suggested that the debate should take place in one of the three crucial battleground states: Nevada, Georgia, or North Carolina. “Governor Newsom has been challenging DeSantis to debate for months and sent him a formal debate offer last week. Nov. 8 or 10—DeSantis should put up or shut up,” the spokesman said in a letter obtained by NBC News. “Anything else is just games.”
Following the interview, DeSantis took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to reaffirm his offer to debate Newsom. “The debate between California and Florida is already over. People have been voting with their feet for years. But the debate about the future of our country is one we need to have,” said DeSantis. “I’m game to talk about my plans to reverse the decline in this country anytime, anywhere because I have the best vision for the future of our country.”
Although the exact date, time, and location are yet to be confirmed, the debate will be aired live on Fox News and hosted by Hannity, according to sources.
The upcoming debate between DeSantis and Newsom has garnered significant attention and is expected to be a highly anticipated event. Both candidates are well-known figures in their respective states and hold contrasting political ideologies. The debate will provide an opportunity for them to present their visions for the future of the country and engage in a discussion on key issues of national importance.
Stay tuned for further updates on this exciting and consequential debate, which will shape the course of the presidential race and influence the electorate’s decision-making process. This debate promises to be a defining moment in the campaign, offering voters a chance to assess the candidates’ policies, leadership qualities, and overall suitability for the highest office in the nation.