Ron DeSantis wants more debates on Fox News

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Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham or seemingly any prime time host would be fine with the Florida Governor.

Gov. Ron DeSantis deserves credit for consistency, calling on yet another Fox News host to help shore up his presidential campaign by hosting a debate.

“If you want to do other debates, Nikki Haley and me, I’m in. Donald Trump and me, I’m in. So just say the word. You’ve shown that you can do it in a way that I think really helps the voter. So I’m game, just let me know,” DeSantis told Sean Hannity.

DeSantis benefited late last month from holding a debate with California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Hannity’s show, an event where DeSantis faced little in the way of tough questioning and seemed to benefit from not having multiple candidates on stage with him to distract from his message.

DeSantis told Hannity his supporters “said it was the most substantive debate that they’ve seen in this entire election cycle.”

Whether that’s true or not, DeSantis previously attempted to cajole Haley into a debate hosted by another Fox News host.

Haley shot down the Laura Ingraham call for Haley and DeSantis to debate on her program during a pre-Thanksgiving hit on the “Guy Benson Show.” The former South Carolina Governor said she would see DeSantis in Tuscaloosa, a reference to the fourth and final debate hosted by the Republican National Committee.

During a late November interview on “The Ingraham Angle,” the 2024 presidential candidate said Haley “probably wouldn’t like what the debate would be about.”

That said, it’s arguable that Ingraham’s bias was all too apparent to Haley, given the Fox News host accused the former South Carolina Governor of “political suicide” after she got praise from the center after her performance in the presidential debate in Miami.

“There’s no future in the Republican Party for someone who’s been endorsed by POLITICO and The New York Times,” Ingraham pronounced, as transcribed by Media Matters.

Conversely, Ingraham lauded DeSantis, saying he emerged “strongest” from the debate and was the only candidate with a “presidential” mien.

CNN has offered to host debates in January, in which DeSantis has also agreed to participate. At this point, it appears that the Iowa event scheduled for Jan. 10 may not happen, given Haley’s reported reluctance to commit to it.

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


  • Earl Pitts "The "Ronald's" Un-Official Campaigne Manager" American

    December 14, 2023 at 9:57 am

    Good Morn ‘Ting FOX NEWS,
    If Ron “The Ronald” DeSantis (The Next POTUS) wants something, it would behoove you to accomidate him.
    I, Earl Pitts American, have now “Officially Weighd In”.
    Earl Pitts American
    *ps: we are actually not “asking” just do it.*

    • God, Country and Florida

      December 14, 2023 at 10:39 am

      Earl Pitts with today’s words of wisdom. He bleeds red, white and blue, and spews truth like it’s cool. Earl – we thank you for your service. Your platform has thousands, if not millions, and you use it only for good, truth, and country. The Bud Light of old would call you a Real American Hero. Godspeed, Earl.

      • Dangerous Florida

        December 14, 2023 at 11:29 am

        A pair of Florida Hamas, Earl and his BoiToy GCF.

        Greet them as you might greet a terrorist.

      • Earl Pitts "Ron's Un-Official Recruter For The DeSantis Administration" American

        December 14, 2023 at 4:27 pm

        Good afternoon GCF,
        Thank you for your support.
        Ron and I are looking to fill a “Border Czar” position that will come open in 2024 and would just like to drop the news in your ear if you want to make a difference in the next 8 Great Years under our Commander in Chief Ron DeSantas.
        Thank you Patriot GCF,
        Earl Pitts American

        • Rick Whitaker

          December 16, 2023 at 2:23 pm

          earl we know what your up to. creating fake characters that praise you so you can thank them. how weak and desparate can you get. face it, you are a deplorable POS. go suck on a sphincter

      • Rick Whitaker

        December 16, 2023 at 2:28 pm

        g,c,florida, come on earl, grow up. you are a cornball fool.

    • Rick Whitaker

      December 16, 2023 at 2:26 pm


  • MH/Duuuval

    December 14, 2023 at 10:04 am

    Dee is looking for some more slow-pitch softball questions from “homer” moderators.

  • Elmo

    December 14, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What a shit show.

  • God, Country, and Florida

    December 14, 2023 at 10:37 am

    A.G. Gancarski (Dem/Democrat) with today’s not-so-subtle bias. Haley gets praise from centrists like the NY Times? Nice try buddy…

    • Dangerous Florida

      December 14, 2023 at 11:26 am

      Biden Derangement Syndrome is coursing through your blood; seek treatment.

  • Dangerous Florida

    December 14, 2023 at 11:26 am

    “I’m getting beat but I think it can get worse!”

  • Michael K

    December 14, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Rhonda is grasping and gasping. Fox “news” doesn’t host “debates,” they are partisan-driven clown car pile-ups for ad revenue and angertainement – and neither Hannity nor Ingraham is a serious, credible journalist.

    You blew your chances, Rhonda. Nobody wants your culture war nonsense and fake tough guy kill more people persona.

    • Rick Whitaker

      December 16, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      michael, once again, well said

  • Dont Say FLA

    December 14, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Is Rhonda just too (inexplicably) vain to wear his glasses or what?

    High heels Yes. Glasses No. That makes perfect sense. /s

  • Ron Forrest Ron

    December 14, 2023 at 3:26 pm

    Translation, Rhonda wants some more debate practice that won’t be seen by independent voters. If Rhonda gets better at debating and makes it to the general, he’ll become President, so he thinks LOL

  • Mark

    December 14, 2023 at 8:56 pm

    Dear A. G.,

    Thank you for doing the horrific job of having to watch “smiling” Rhonda. I threw up in my mouth when that photo loaded. Your doing a man’s job, sir.

  • Missing Walter Cronkite

    December 15, 2023 at 7:17 am

    Fox “news” is no “news” – it’s entertainment as argued by the network’s own lawyers in Tucker Carlson’s libel trial. Look it up. So, Rona’s go to platform is not legitimate, duh. He is a deep fake. Pretending to be lunchbox Joe with his Ivy League degrees. And who can forget those shiny white boots? I’m a sometime Fox viewer and it’s entertaining for sure. Geeze, it’s like a slow motion car crash tearing down our National unity-and stressing an “us” versus “them” mentality. Gross. But one must credit the Fox success – many believe that the “election was stolen” and “Trump won” – however the facts don’t support Fox. Rona, if you lie with dogs you get fleas. Scratch away into the political sunset you loser Rona!

  • Just the facts Florida Politics

    December 15, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Anyone who watches Fox News should read the Order entered on Sept 24,2020 in McDougel v Fox News Network,LLC, Case No. 1:19-cv-11161 USDC SDNY. In the discussion part of this order, the Federal Judge addresses Fox’s argument that it was broadcasting “commentary” not “fact.” Moderate this Florida Politics!

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