Fox News announces a debate between Newsom and DeSantis in November | ET REALITY


Fox News announced Monday that it would host a debate in late November between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, a highly unusual clash between two of the country’s best-known political leaders who are not running for the same office. . .

Fox News, calling it “a red versus blue state debate,” said the 90-minute event featuring Florida’s Republican governor and California’s Democratic governor will be held in Georgia and will air Nov. 30 on the Sean Hannity show. . Newsom and DeSantis had agreed to have Hannity moderate the debate.

“I look forward to offering viewers an informative discussion about the everyday issues and philosophies that influence the lives of all Americans,” Hannity said in a statement.

Newsom had challenged DeSantis to a debate for months, and DeSantis accepted that invitation in August.

“I am a game. Let’s do it. Just tell me when and where,” DeSantis said on Hannity’s show.

The decision by DeSantis, who is running for president, to debate a politician who is not also running for the White House is almost unprecedented. It will almost certainly be interpreted as a sign of how far behind former President Donald J. Trump is in the Republican presidential primary, and how far he must go to change the dynamics of that race after months of losing ground.

The announcement came while Newsom was on a campaign call to introduce President Biden as a Democratic surrogate ahead of this week’s Republican primary debate in California.

Newsom has repeatedly insisted that he will not run for president in 2024, and his full embrace of Biden has earned him some allies in the White House. He traveled to Chicago earlier this month to raise money for the president’s campaign at a previous donor convention.

However, Newsom is widely seen as a potential candidate if, for some unforeseen and unlikely reason, Biden decided not to run, and is also considered a leading contender in the Democratic primary in 2028.

The Newsom and DeSantis teams have haggled behind the scenes over logistics through memos and with Mr. Hannity. Newsom demanded, for example, that there be no live audience in a debate proposal submitted in late July. DeSantis’ team responded in early August by seeking the opportunity to air a two-minute video at the start of the debate, as well as have the debate take place before a live audience, which Newsom’s team dismissed as a “section of applause.” .”

The Fox News announcement did not say whether there would be an audience.

A spokesperson for Newsom suggested the debate could still fall apart. “We have agreed to the debate, as long as there is no cheering section, no hype videos or any of the other crutches DeSantis requested,” spokesman Nathan Click said. “We want a real debate, not a circus.”

Andrew Romeo, a spokesman for DeSantis, welcomed the event and raised the possibility that Newsom could end up as the Democratic candidate.

“Whether Newsom or Biden is the Democratic nominee in 24, they both offer the same failed and dangerous ideology for America that helped get us into this mess,” Romeo said. “We look forward to comparing Ron DeSantis’ record of success.”

DeSantis is increasing his visibility by taking on others, while Trump has significantly reduced his. The former president will be absent from the second Republican primary debate Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. He also skipped the first debate in August.

Trump has told advisers that he sees no urgency in participating in any of the debates, according to a person familiar with his comments.

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