Fox News Unveils Plan For DeSantis-Newsom 'Red Vs. Blue State Debate'

The event scheduled for next week will be moderated by Fox News anchor Sean Hannity.
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Fox News on Monday shared its plans for a debate between California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), to be moderated by commentator Sean Hannity next week.

The event, titled “DeSantis vs. Newsom: The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate,” will be held in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Nov. 30. It will run for 90 minutes live on the network and Fox News Radio but won’t have a live audience, the network said.

“Focusing on the major issues impacting the country, the debate will examine the vastly different approaches the two governors have and offer insights into their political philosophies as well as ambitions for the nation,” a news release states.

The debate will cover topics including immigration, crime and inflation, Fox News added.

The two governors have sparred several times on social media, most recently when Newsom called out DeSantis over the six-week abortion ban the Republican governor signed into law in Florida as he also released an ad critical of the new law.

DeSantis, once considered a favorite for the GOP 2024 presidential nomination, has dipped in the polls as former President Donald Trump has continued to solidify his place as the front-runner, with former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley making gains in recent weeks.

Newsom has ruled himself out of the 2024 race despite speculation that he has ambition for higher office.

Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.) reportedly took a dig at Newsom earlier this month, suggesting the governor doesn’t have the guts to outrightly say he intends to run for president.

Though most Democrats don’t make regular appearances on the conservative network, the California governor has made the case for members of his party to appear on Fox News.

“There are a lot of good folks that are watching, honestly, a lot of persuadable folks, I really believe that, not just the core base,” Newsom told Semafor last month.

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