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Unconventional Face-Off: Ron DeSantis vs. Gavin Newsom in a Unique Debate

Florida governor and GOP presidential candidate Ron DeSantis and California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, engaged in an extraordinary debate on Thursday night. Moderated by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the debate took place in Alpharetta, Georgia, as part of Fox News’ “The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate.” Despite not running for president, Newsom participated to compare and contrast his record with DeSantis’.

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During the debate, Newsom explained that he wanted to shed light on the Biden-Harris record and highlight the differences between his and DeSantis’ achievements.

When asked to grade President Biden, Newsom gave him an “A,” while DeSantis declared that the administration had failed, giving it a “fail.” DeSantis accused Newsom of being closely aligned with Biden and Harris, claiming that their policies were not benefiting Americans.

The discussion delved into the impact of President Biden’s handling of the economy. DeSantis argued that rising inflation had made it difficult for many Americans to afford essentials, while Newsom contended that the Biden administration had created more jobs than the previous three administrations.

Newsom also taunted DeSantis by referring to the polling gap between him and former President Donald Trump in the GOP presidential primary.

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The debate also touched upon the COVID-19 pandemic, with the governors comparing their responses and records. Newsom criticized DeSantis for Florida’s higher death rate, claiming that he was avoiding responsibility for the lives lost.

DeSantis argued that Newsom had inflicted damage on California through lockdowns and school closures, highlighting the inconsistency in Newsom’s own family’s educational choices.

The issue of immigration and the migrant crisis took center stage, revealing the governors’ differing opinions. Newsom supported the Biden administration’s $14 billion border request to Congress, attributing the lack of progress on the issue to Republicans playing politics.

DeSantis accused Biden of neglecting the border and failing to hold drug cartels accountable, expressing concerns about potential terrorist attacks tied to the southern border.

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The rivalry between the two governors has been intensifying over the years, further fueled by their contrasting approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic and disagreements on various policy matters.

Their public disputes and clashes have been escalating, especially regarding education, immigration, and economic policies. The idea of a debate was initially proposed by Newsom in September 2022, and it gained traction in a June 2023 interview with Hannity. Hannity later finalized the arrangements for the debate through private negotiations with both camps.

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Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom were both elected as governors in 2018 and easily won re-election in 2022. While Newsom has repeatedly expressed support for President Biden and denied any plans to run for president, DeSantis has been testing the claim that he represents the future of the Republican Party since launching his presidential campaign.

The two governors have been exchanging criticism through advertisements and press conferences for over a year, with Newsom targeting DeSantis’ policies on the LGBTQ community and DeSantis highlighting California’s governance issues.

In recent months, DeSantis has suggested that Newsom could potentially replace President Biden on the 2024 general election ballot. The DeSantis campaign has been emphasizing the importance of contrasting their vision for the country’s future with the agenda of a potential nominee like Newsom.

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