Fox News has announced that it will host a debate between two prominent governors, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gavin Newsom of California. The debate, dubbed as a “red vs. blue state debate,” will be moderated by Sean Hannity and will take place in Georgia on November 30. It is unclear whether the event will be broadcast live or include an audience, as Newsom requested no audience be present. Both governors have been engaged in taunting and sniping at each other, with DeSantis hoping to promote his vision for the country and Newsom taking the opportunity to challenge Republican policies.
DeSantis, who is a Republican presidential candidate, aims to showcase the success of his governance in Florida and present it as a model for the rest of the country. However, he trails behind Donald Trump in the polls. He has emphasized the differences between Florida and Democratic-led states such as California, claiming that Democratic policies have prompted residents to migrate to Florida. Newsom, on the other hand, has actively called for a debate with DeSantis and has emerged as a Democratic leader who is unafraid to confront Republicans on crucial issues like abortion, education, and LGBTQ+ rights.
While President Biden has emphasized a tone of unity, Newsom has become a prominent figure within the Democratic Party who is willing to challenge Republicans on contentious policies. His political influence extends beyond California, and there has been speculation about a future presidential run. As the debate approaches, the two governors continue to exchange public jabs on various topics, further highlighting the political divide between their respective parties.