Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis to debate on Fox News on November 30

Fox News announced Monday that it will host a debate in late November between Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) and California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), following at least a year of taunting between the two. And after the sarcasm.

Fox News’ Sean Hannity will moderate the debate, which the network has billed as the “red versus blue state debate.” The 90-minute event will be held in Georgia and aired on Hannity’s prime-time program on November 30 at 9 p.m.

It is unclear whether the event will be broadcast live or include an audience; Newsom had requested that there be no audience.

Newsom spokesman Nathan Click said, “We have agreed to the debate – provided there is no cheering section, no promotional video or any other crutch requested by DeSantis.” “We want real debate – not a circus.”

DeSantis’ campaign did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment Monday afternoon.

Fox News spokeswoman Alexandra Coscia declined to provide further details on the debate Monday afternoon.

DeSantis Said On social media on Monday he welcomed the opportunity to “debate Gavin Newsom on our very different visions for the future of our country.”

DeSantis, a Republican presidential candidate who will take the stage at the second GOP primary debate on Wednesday, He hopes to woo national voters with the promise that he can export his vision of Florida to the rest of the country — but he’s far behind Donald Trump in the polls. The governor has highlighted Florida as a success story, comparing it to Democratic states like California. Democratic policies have forced “Residents should leave California and come to Florida,” he told Newsmax’s Addison Smith on Monday. He said the November debate is important “for the country.”

“The future of the country, what the left wants to do is double down on California’s policies, and so I think this is going to be an important debate,” DeSantis said.

Newsom had been calling DeSantis for a debate for months. DeSantis agreed to the debate in August after Hannity presented a clip of an interview with Newsom in which the Democratic governor said he was “absolutely ready” to debate his Florida counterpart.

“Absolutely,” DeSantis said in response to the challenge. “I’m playing. Let’s make it happen. Just tell me when and where.”

Due to term limits, neither Newsom nor DeSantis can run for re-election as governor.

Both have publicly taken swipes at each other on topics such as immigration, abortion, gun rights and education, each portraying the other’s policies in the state as indictments of their respective party’s politics.

While President Biden, who is seeking re-election next year, has tried to create a sense of unity in an often divided country, Newsom has emerged as a Democratic leader willing to fight over high-stakes policies. ready – like abortion, education And LGBTQ+ rights – to Republicans. Newsom traveled to Florida in April to meet with students and faculty members at a school targeted by DeSantis’ conservative higher education policies. While Newsom is not running for president, his political presence extends far beyond California and often sparks discussion of a future White House run.

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