Ron DeSantis is running for his party’s nomination for President, Gavin Newsom is not, so many wonder why DeSantis would bother with a debate when Newsom has absolutely nothing to lose, and DeSantis has everything.
Fox News commentator Sean Hannity says he wants the debate between California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to be a real debate Thursday night.
Unlike the scripted on-stage debates between multiple contenders we usually see on TV, a real political debate is one-on-one, with at most a moderator to keep matters under minimal control, allowing the protagonists to pretty much decide what they want to say on the topic at hand.
For Ron DeSantis, with his campaign tanking, going head-to-head with Newsom could mean everything – or nothing. He desperately needs a breakout moment as he looks to Iowa to revive his presidential prospects.
DeSantis is trying, without much success, to establish himself as the Republicans’ fallback presidential candidate should former President Donald Trump’s many legal problems derail his bid for a second presidency, so he has a lot to lose if he, as he likely will, flubs this.
Gavin Newsom is already an experienced and polished politician, and a seasoned debater, one whose current career path is pointing to a future where he could be seen as President Biden’s eventual successor.
Ron DeSantis has shown himself in previous debates to have a stiff and judgmental manner, one who angers easily. Newsom will portray DeSantis as a dictatorial figure who bans books, censors speech, allowed COVID-19 to run rampant, suppresses LGBTQ Floridians and wants to eliminate women’s rights to seek abortions. Newsom has been hammering on those themes for months, even running ads in Florida.
Will DeSantis, a relative newcomer to national politics compared to Newsome, be able to ‘bring it’ Thursday night or will this be just another nail in his presidential coffin?
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