‘I’m game’: Florida’s Ron DeSantis Agrees to Debate Gavin Newsom

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has agreed to debate California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“Absolutely, I’m game,” DeSantis told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday. “Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where. We’ll do it.”

Newsom’s campaign told KCRA 3 that it’s offered DeSantis either Nov. 8 or Nov. 10.

“Governor Newsom has been challenging Desantis to debate for months and sent him a formal debate offer last week,” a statement from Newsom’s campaign reads. “Desantis should put up or shut up. Anything else is just games.”

The California governor has been challenging the Florida governor for months now. In September 2022, Newsom called out DeSantis on Twitter shortly after DeSantis accused Newsom’s brain function of being muddled due to his hair gel.

“Hey @GovRonDeSantis, clearly you’re struggling, distracted and busy playing politics with people’s lives. Since you have only one overriding need — attention — let’s take this up to debate. I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time before Election Day @CNN,” Newsom said in his tweet.

Earlier this year, both governors butted heads over two planes carrying migrants being flown in from Florida to Sacramento.

DeSantis was recently named the second keynote speaker for the California Republican Party’s convention happening this September. He is also running for president in 2024.

Newsom has repeatedly stated that he is not running for president in 2024. He is also in his last term as California governor.

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Donald Trump on Offense at 2nd Debate

As reported by Fox News:

Donald Trump needed to stop the bleeding – and at the least, the Republican nominee may have done that. He delivered an unsparing debate performance Sunday against Hillary Clinton which may not have won over many undecided voters but assured his base that Trump the fighter hasn’t been knocked out despite the controversy over a 2005 tape of him making lewd comments about women.

Significantly, he won praise Monday morning from running mate Mike Pence. In normal circumstances in a normal election cycle, that praise would be taken for granted – but it followed widespread speculation about the Indiana governor and staunch Christian conservative’s willingness to stay on the ticket in the wake of the vulgar footage controversy.

“The real story this morning is that Donald Trump stepped up and won a debate last night that seemed to be against all odds,” Pence told “Fox & Friends” on Monday.

The words of praise come after a host of prominent elected Republicans abandoned the ticket over the weekend because of that 2005 footage. But Trump’s closest supporters and advisers were suggesting in the wake of the debate that those lawmakers overreacted. …

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No presidential debate in California after Clinton breaks promise

As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle:

There will be no Democratic presidential debate in California, because Hillary Clinton’s campaign reneged Monday on its earlier promise to participate in one. In February, the campaigns of both Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders agreed to debate in California before the state’s June 7 primary.

But with Clinton comfortably ahead in both pledged delegates and superdelegates — plus her desire to pivot to her likely general election matchup against Republican Donald Trump — there was little political incentive for her campaign to participate.

The Chronicle, as the Sanders campaign noted last week, also expressed interest in co-hosting a debate. But that debate will not happen.

“We have declined Fox News’ invitation to participate in a debate in California,” said campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri. “As we have said previously, we plan to compete hard in the remaining primary states, particularly California, while turning our attention to …

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How CA Can Avoid CNBC Debate Debacle During Election Season

VotedThose considering hosting debates in the coming California elections should take lessons from the mishandling of the current presidential debates and take advantage of the state’s unique primary system to offer real issue-oriented debates.

The recent Republican Presidential Debate on CNBC received more blowback for the way the debate was handled than what the candidates had to say.   Now the Republican National Committee is suspending its relationship with NBC and affiliated organizations over future debates because of the debate questions while the candidates are in open revolt over how the debates should be handled.

While candidates would love to control the debates, the media, which usually moderates the debates, cannot give up journalistic independence.

With future presidential debates rapidly approaching and expected California debates for the U.S. Senate around the corner, is there a better way to handle debates than what we saw last week?

John Pitney, Professor of American Politics at Claremont McKenna College, thinks there is.

“The best format is simply to have the candidates on stage with no press questions.  Give candidates fixed amounts of time to make statements and respond to one another.  Set the microphones to go on and off automatically so that the candidates cannot filibuster or dicker with a moderator for extra time.  Set the order of speaking by random chance.  If the number of candidates becomes unwieldy, randomly assign them to two or more debates,” Pitney wrote in an email.

He has some other suggestions that would heighten the seriousness of the debates.

“Do the whole thing without a studio audience.  No cheers, no boos, just the words of the people running for office,” Pitney suggests. “The basic idea is to take the media out of the process as much as possible, and let the candidates speak for themselves.  Make it a debate, not a circus.”

Pitney wrote that this format would work for California senatorial or gubernatorial debates as well. Because California has the top-two primary system, Pitney argued that Republicans and Democrats should appear together on the same debate stage.

Such a format would lend itself to a real exchange of contrasting ideas on substantive issues.

One side-effect–the viewership ratings could go down if the “circus” atmosphere is removed. Is that a bad thing under the circumstances?

Originally published by Fox and Hounds Daily

Rep. Tom McClintock, Art Moore get personal in lone debate

As reported by the Sacramento Bee:

Rep. Tom McClintock and challenger Art Moore sparred in an early morning debate Wednesday marked by fierce character attacks that generated audience groans but put some distance between the two Republicans.

It was still dark out when the candidates took to their lecterns for the hastily planned, 60-minute exchange before about 100 people at Auburn City Hall. The six-term incumbent from Elk Grove and political newcomer from Roseville, running to represent the Placer-county centered district, took questions from the crowd on issues ranging from the national debt to climate change to fire protection.

But it was issues of character and who has the better temperament to lead the rural district that incorporates Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and runs to Fresno that coursed through the forum. …

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