Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called out California Governor Gavin Newsom, urging him to enter the presidential race and stop being indecisive. This challenge came after Newsom expressed his openness to debating DeSantis, hinting at his potential national ambitions.
During an interview with Sean Hannity, Newsom declared that he would be willing to participate in a debate with DeSantis. In fact, he even suggested extending the debate to three hours and claimed that he could do it with just one day’s notice and no preparation.
When asked about Newsom’s challenge at a press conference in Florida, DeSantis responded by highlighting the issues that Newsom is currently facing in California. This is not the first time that Newsom has challenged DeSantis to a debate, and DeSantis seemed unimpressed.
DeSantis criticized Newsom for presiding over what he called a “massive exodus” from California. He noted that people are not leaving the state because of its weather, which is renowned for being pleasant, but because of the mismanagement and governance under Newsom’s leadership.
Furthermore, DeSantis pointed out that California has experienced a decline in population for the first time since its inception, coinciding with Newsom’s tenure as governor.
In response to Newsom’s repeated challenges, DeSantis issued his own challenge, daring Newsom to step up and enter the presidential race. He called on Newsom to stop hesitating and to either take action or remain silent.
Recent reports reveal that California has lost a significant number of residents between 2020 and 2022, with many citing financial hardship and high housing costs as reasons for leaving the state.
This ongoing verbal exchange between DeSantis and Newsom is part of a larger feud between the two governors, as they have clashed on various issues such as immigration and state governance. It mirrors the broader political divide between Republicans and Democrats at both the state and national levels.