California v Florida: Who Won the Great Red v Blue State Debate?

Ash Jurberg

Debate Duel: California and Florida Go Head to Head in The Great Red v Blue State Showdown
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After months of haggling, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis finally had their live debate. Moderated by Sean Hannity and shown live on Fox News, the two Governors went head to head in what was billed as the 'Great Red v Blue State Debate."

The two men didn't hold back, constantly firing criticism at each other. California Gov. Newsom continually aimed DeSantis's presidential aspirations.

"You’re down 41 points in your own home state.” California Gov. Gavin Newsom
"Neither of us will be the nominee for our party in 2024." California Gov. Gavin Newsom
"When are you going to drop out and give Nikki Haley a shot to win?" California Gov. Gavin Newsom

DeSantis focused more on the failings of the Biden administration while suggesting that Newstom was running a "shadow campaign" for president in 2024.

"He [Biden] is in decline, yes. It's a danger to the country. He has no business running for president, and, you know, Gavin Newsom agrees with that. He won't say that. That's why he's running his shadow campaign...This is a guy who says the Biden administration is not lying to the public about the border.” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

The two Governors debated several issues, including the border, the economy, and education, but often resorted to personal attacks. As to winning the debate? That depends on who you ask.

Time wrote:

If hurling insults, distorting facts, and pandering to Americans’ worst instincts are the hallmarks of leadership, then Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis emerged the winner in the debate with California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post wrote that there was no winner at all.

"When the governors weren’t sporting peculiar frozen smiles (usually in response to being insulted) or calling each other liars, they interrupted each other fluidly and often unintelligibly, with each continuing to speak over the other in hopes that their opponent would stop."

The New York Times called it a "contest with no prize." Perhaps Politico summed it up best: the debate "laid bare a country divided not just over partisan politics, but within the parties themselves over Biden and Donald Trump."

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