U.S. presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom fought in a TV discussion meant to preview the 2028 presidential race. DeSantis, the governor of Florida, ran against Newsom, an ally of President Joe Biden, who is generally thought to run for president again in the future. The debate was full of disagreements about policy and personal attacks.
DeSantis called Newsom a liar who was in charge of a failed state. Newsom, on the other hand, called his Florida opponent a bully who is losing badly to Donald Trump for president.”When will you drop out and at least give Nikki Haley a chance to beat Donald Trump?” Newsom, 56, asked. Haley is the former governor of South Carolina and has been ranked higher than DeSantis in some polls as the best candidate to beat Trump.
You’re a bully. I can handle it. pic.twitter.com/946FZdSTfQ
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) December 1, 2023
Newsom was called a “slick, slippery politician whose state is failing” by DeSantis.He said, “Lots of people are leaving California.””The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate” was the name of the 90-minute show put on by Fox News Channel. Sean Hannity presided over the debate, which took place in a TV studio in Georgia, a crucial swing state, but no one was present.
As governors of two of the three most populous states, DeSantis and Newsom have spent most of the last year criticizing each other’s policies and ways of running the states from afar. But on Thursday night, they faced off against each other on a national stage for the first time. As they stood at their podiums alone on stage, the two people talked over each other a lot.
DeSantis, elected to his second and final term as governor in November 2022, is trying to gain support in a 2024 race where Trump is still the clear favourite. California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, has set himself up to run for president someday, but like many of his party’s other ambitious leaders, he didn’t run against Biden for the Democratic nod in 2024.