(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) After declaring he was anxious to talk issues with Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, challenging his cross-country politically polar opposite to a debate, the big boaster Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., neglected to send a response after DeSantis accepted his invitation to tussle on live television.
DeSantis agreed to the debate, and even took a shot at California’s ever-growing exodus.
“Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where we’ll do it,” DeSantis said as the audience cheered.
“In one respect, the debate between California and Florida has already been had, as you suggest, people have been voting on that, they’ve been voting on it with their feet, they have fled California in record numbers,” he added.
Recent reports revealed that California, along with several other liberal states, are losing over $600 million in tax revenue due to former residents rushing from the state.
Since DeSantis accepted the challenge on Wednesday, Newsom and his team have been radio silent. A source reported that his team also neglected to reach out to the DeSantis administration privately as well.
Newsom’s original proposal for the debate mandated that the occasion take place on live air, moderated by Hannity, allow no notes and now allow staff to brief participants once the program started.
The invitation proposed the debate take place in Georgia, Nevada or North Carolina—three integral swing states.
A spokesperson from Newsom’s office indicated if the debate takes place, it would likely be in November.
Many speculate that Newsom may run for president in 2024, despite the governor’s statement that he supports President Joe Biden’s incumbent run. The California governor also hosted fundraisers for the president’s reelection.
However, Newsom continued to raise his national profile and touted his involvement in the political campaigns of other states—financially supporting Democrats in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi.