‘I’m game’: DeSantis agrees to debate Gavin Newsom on Fox News – LifeSite

(LifeSiteNews) — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and California Governor Gavin Newsom have tentatively agreed to a debate on Fox News hosted by Sean Hannity.

“Absolutely, I’m game,” Gov. DeSantis said on Fox News Wednesday night in response to a question from Hannity. Newsom had previously offered to debate the Florida Republican.

“The debate between California and Florida is already over. People have been voting with their feet for years,” DeSantis wrote later on X (formerly known as Twitter). “But the debate about the future of our country is one we need to have. I’m game to talk about my plans to reverse the decline in this country anytime, anywhere, because I have the best vision for the future of our country.”

Hannity hosted Newsom last month.

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The possibility of a debate comes as rumors abound that Gov. Newsom could run for president in 2024 among concerns regarding Biden’s electability and age. DeSantis is currently running for president but is trailing Donald Trump.

The debate will give DeSantis an added opportunity to address voters on a major cable network popular with conservatives and Republicans.

The first official Republican presidential debate is scheduled for August 23. While Fox News has faltered at times after the unexpected departure of star host Tucker Carlson, Hannity regularly draws in millions of viewers per night and is the top conservative political commentator on radio, providing a broad platform for both Newsom and DeSantis.

Newsom and DeSantis have sparred for several years as each politician represents a different vision for America. Newsom has defended the use of pornographic books in schools while DeSantis has sought to place commonsense limits on the availability of the content to school children.

Newsom supports the Democratic Party’s position that abortion should be legalized through all nine months of pregnancy up until the moment of birth and paid for by taxpayers, while DeSantis opposes taxpayer funding of abortion and signed a bill to eliminate abortion once a baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

The California governor also locked down his state during the outbreak of COVID and pushed for vaccine mandates, while DeSantis quickly backed off his support for lockdowns, opened up the state, and opposed both private and public vaccine mandates.

California has struggled to retain citizens as liberal social policies, high taxes, and an unfriendly business climate continue to drive residents out of the state.

So many people fled the state that moving company U-Haul ran out of trucks in 2021 in the Golden State, with many of those leaving for Florida.