On Wednesday night, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis revealed that he had agreed to participate in a debate put forward by Governor Gavin Newsom of California.
During a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity, who is set to moderate the debate, DeSantis confirmed his acceptance of the challenge. When Hannity inquired about his response to Newsom's invitation, DeSantis answered: “Absolutely, I’m game.”
“Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where we’ll do it,” DeSantis said to applause. “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.”
“Florida has been the number one state for net in-migration,” DeSantis continued. “We have the number one ranked economy, number one now in education, crime rate at a 50-year-low. But in another sense, this is the debate for the future of our country because you have people like Joe Biden, they would love to see the Californication of the United States.”
“Biden may not even be the nominee,” DeSantis added. “You could have Gavin Newsom, you could have Kamala Harris. And I think if we go down that direction, that’s going to accelerate American decline. We can’t see America decline anymore. We need to reverse.”
The debate between California and Florida is already over. People have been voting with their feet for years.
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… pic.twitter.com/BbUKix8s5E
— Ron DeSantis (@RonDeSantis) August 3, 2023
In recent developments, DeSantis is second only to ex-President Donald Trump in the Republican Party presidential primary, as per The New York Times/Siena poll, rated by FiveThirtyEight as the nation's leading poll.
The survey indicates that other contenders fail to breach the two-digit percentage threshold. Former Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and ex-Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina are all stuck at a 3% approval rating. The rest of the field sits at 2% or less.
Even though Trump seems to be the current front-runner with slightly more than half the votes in The New York Times/Siena poll, nearly half of Trump-supporting respondents — 46% of them — reported that they are contemplating other candidates.
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