Ron DeSantis, Gavin Newsom to debate on Fox News in November
Gavin Newsom, Ron DeSantis. Image via AP.

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The strident state executives will appear for a 90-minute debate moderated by Sean Hannity.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom will debate one another on Fox News on Nov. 30.

The Governors have long found themselves at odds in the press. The potential for a televised debate between the two national figures comes after months of both men tossing barbs at one another. DeSantis is seeking the Republican nomination for President, while Newsom, a Democrat, has sparked significant speculation as a future contender.

The debate will take place in a still-undisclosed location in Georgia, and will last 90 minutes. It notably will take place on Republican-friendly Fox News and will be moderated by conservative pundit Sean Hannity.

“I’m looking forward to providing viewers with an informative debate about the everyday issues and governing philosophies that impact the lives of every American,” Hannity said in a statement.

DeSantis later discussed the opportunity to Newsmax.

“He said he would debate me, so I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ I think it’s an important debate for the country, not saying who’s better, Florida or California, because that debate is over because people have voted with their feet,” DeSantis said. “They’ve left California and come to Florida, not the other way around. He has lost massive amounts of population. No governor in California history has ever witnessed population loss at all on net. And he’s had it — it’s because of the policies that he’s driving people away. But, what’s the future for the country? The future for the country, for what the left would want to do, is just double down on the California policies, and so I think it’s going to be an important debate. I think he’s definitely angling for it.”

DeSantis in August said on Hannity’s prime time show he would be willing to debate Newsom. The California Democrat had previously committed to such a faceoff on the show in June.

Of note, the biggest thing standing between either man and their parties’ nomination for President is similar: a previously elected President.

DeSantis trails badly in polls against former President Donald Trump. Newsom, meanwhile, has fervently and publicly said he will not challenge President Joe Biden for the nomination and sees Vice President Kamala Harris, a fellow Californian, as the natural successor should Biden not seek re-election at a late stage.

The Governors’ rivalry in a real sense started in 2020 during the pandemic, as the two men took different approaches to the health emergency. Newsom was among the first state executives to order lockdowns, which endured after many states lifted restrictions. DeSantis imposed lockdowns but at a later point, and he lifted mandates earlier than leaders of other large states.

Meanwhile, Newsom has jumped on matters like DeSantis’ feud with Disney over the signing of a parental rights bill derided by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. He encouraged the massive employer to cancel plans to relocate its Imagineering and other operations to Florida, which Disney ultimately did.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected].


  • Richard Russell

    September 25, 2023 at 1:48 pm

    I can’t wait – yes I can! This will be even more ridiculous than the GOP debates, since Trump has it locked up.

  • PeterH

    September 25, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    Neither DeSantis nor Newsom will ever be president.

    • Cheesy Floridian

      September 25, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      Maybe someone that governs form the middle can se e both sides and compromise on issues is someone to lead the USA?

      • Rick Whitaker

        September 25, 2023 at 8:13 pm

        how can you govern from the middle when the gop cheats, lies and won’t deal with it’s own moderates.

    • Rick Whitaker

      September 25, 2023 at 8:10 pm

      desantis no, newsom maybe. i’d vote for newsom

  • Earl Pitts "New Earl" American

    September 25, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Good afternoon Patriots,
    Newsom had to agree to mine and The Ronald’s terms in order for the debate to even happen.
    A lot of you may not know this but Newsom’s entite state is like an open sewage plant with staffiloccall germs, painfull butt-crack transmittable germs, and toe fungus germs from all the citizens walking around in the streets covered with fresh hot human feces which feel all warm when you step on them and the hot dook squishes up between your toes.
    Anyway to meet my and The Ronalds sanatation demands Newsom has agreed to be covered from head to toe in a giant condom while on the debate stage.
    At this time we have yet to determine how exactaly Newsom will speak and breath from inside the giant condom. But the top engineers at Trojan are working around the clock on a solution.
    *new Earl follows Beverly’s wise orders to be more brief in his knowledge drops of great wisdom*

  • Michael K

    September 25, 2023 at 5:10 pm

    I’ve met both of them in person. One of them has the charisma, warmth, connection and EQ of a true leader. The other is the angry, petty and bitter governor of Florida.

    Newsom will whip Ron into a lather even with a partisan idiot like Hannity “moderating.” As Marshall McLuhan wrote, television is a cool medium suited to ‘cool’ presence, and reveals ‘hot’ personalities discomfort and dis-ease with truth and confrontation.

    Bring it on!

    • Earl Pitts American

      September 26, 2023 at 1:38 pm

      You may want to read my, Earl Pitts American’s, knowledge drop above on the high probability of your having contracted one or more of the highly dangerous transmittable germs from your sexual encounter with that left coast Govornor.
      See a Doctor immediatly Mike.

      • WhatNow

        September 27, 2023 at 6:12 am

        – Given your consistently displayed preoccupation with people’s “sphincters” on this site, “Earl Pitts American,” I’d think *you* would be the one to be in need of examination for std’s asap.

  • My Take

    September 25, 2023 at 5:54 pm

    DeSSgustus just has to do a hair better than terrible and the his followers will be braying ‘ “Success! Victory! He outperformed the naysayers’ predictions!”

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