Ron DeSantis is debating Gavin Newsom because Donald Trump is getting too much attention

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'This whole business is you've got to get attention, you've got to get on voters' minds.'

Ron DeSantis admits that his debate with California’s Governor next month is a bid to wrest attention from former President Donald Trump.

During a segment on the PBD Podcast, the Florida Governor discussed the Nov. 30 debate with Gavin Newsom on Fox News, explaining the strategy behind debating someone who isn’t even running for President at the moment.

“This whole business is you’ve got to get attention, you’ve got to get on voters’ minds,” the Governor explained.

DeSantis said he’s been obscured since even before he formally launched by earned media going toward the former President and his myriad legal imbroglios.

“For most of the past six months, it’s been mostly focusing on everything that’s happening legally with the former President,” DeSantis said.

“That has drowned out a lot of stuff. This is going to be something that’s going to cut through. It’s going to get a lot of attention. It’s a good debate for the country. So that’s one reason because I want a forum to be able to articulate my message,” he added, before revisiting more familiar tropes about how Florida and California represent two different ideological polarities.

DeSantis accepted the invitation to debate over the summer, after goading from Newsom.

“Absolutely, I’m game. Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where, we’ll do it,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity in August.

Newsom previously claimed he would do a three-hour debate with DeSantis on “one day’s notice with no notes.”

Logistics took some time to work out, however.

Though Newsom is not running for President and DeSantis is, prediction markets and gamblers seem to think the Californian is a better bet to be inaugurated in Jan. 2025.

Per the Election Betting Odds website, Newsom has an 8.3% chance of winning in 2024, more than double DeSantis’ 3.1%.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • University of North Florida

    October 30, 2023 at 5:19 pm


  • Michael K

    October 30, 2023 at 5:31 pm

    He’s on voters’ minds all right, as an angry, divisive, empty suit, completely unfit to serve.

  • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

    October 30, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Good evening America,
    This is a question for all my Besty Lefty’s (those that I like) and any Dook 4 Brain’s Rino’s and Dook 4 Brain’s Lefty’s [which may just want to quietly think about it in your perverse and twisted brains] (because I dont like y’all).
    Who would the collective “LEFT” rather run against:
    Trump or Desantis????
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts American

  • PeterH

    October 30, 2023 at 11:39 pm

    Sorry Ron ….. you’re just not liked. Your policies are horrible. The American voter has been forced to follow your antics for the past three years. If anything has changed …. we’re in complete agreement that you should never have another representative public office.

  • My Take

    October 30, 2023 at 11:45 pm

    “Shorty” D should be dissing Doddering Donaĺd.
    Too old” and “dementia” and the like should pepper his speech.
    “Addled” and “drooler” and “Depends” can come later.

    • Earl Pitts "Earl Knows Best" American

      October 31, 2023 at 9:12 am

      Thanks My Take,
      Right now we are keeping The Ronald’s and my, Earl Pitts American’s, powder dry on dissing The Donald directly like that.
      However as we close in on the election, if The Donald fails to recomend his voters support Desantis (as promised), we shall release the Holy-Hell-Fire of Dissing on The Donald.
      Either way The Ronald will win. We are just offering The Donald a gracefull and respectfull method to bow out in keeping with our Great Nation’s high regard and respect for The Office of The Presidency of The United States of America.
      Thanks again and have a great week,
      Earl Pitts American

  • My Take

    October 31, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Trumpy’s late-night posts are good evidence for a growing raging insanity as well . . . or unwell.

    • My Take

      November 1, 2023 at 12:19 pm

      Someboďy should “red flag” Trumpy.

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