‘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.

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“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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  1. Should have negotiated for Gov Abbott to moderate. This will be interesting from a state governance standpoint, putting aside presidential ambitions.

  2. John the Patriot says

    If anyone should “put up or shut up” it is Governor Climate Change. He is the one who is always shooting his big ignorant mouth off and he is the one who started this verbal feud with Governor DeSantis. I am looking forward to Governor DeSantis laying out the facts about Governor Climate Change’s liberal bull$hi+ lies.

  3. Robin Itzler - Patriot Neighbors says

    Sean Hannity talks too much as he is sure to do in this town hall event. If Hannity has a five-minute segment with a guest, he takes three-minutes to introduce the guest, insert his opinion and finally ask a question. If Fox had dropped Hannity instead of Tucker, their ratings would not have cratered.

    As to the “debate” between Newsom and DeSantis, it’s basically a discussion between a communist governor and a capitalist governor.

  4. West Walker says

    This is a mistake to give the failure of a governor Newsom any free media or national limelight. DeSantis has made blunder after blunder— why pump up Newsom!? Focus on Biden Admin! You’re running for president- not a popularity contest. New low for DeSantis! “Might as well help Trump’s true opponent on my way out.”

  5. DeSantis, as a Presidential candidate, is giving Newsom publicity and presidential standing. Not too bright.

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