In June, when Sean Hannity interviewed Newsom, the Fox News host asked if the liberal governor would be willing to debate DeSantis.
Newsom replied, "I’m all in. Count on it."
Hannity then asked, “You would do a two-hour debate with Ron DeSantis?" to which Newsom quipped, “Make it three."
During an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night, when Hannity asked DeSantis if he was open to debating Newsom, the conservative governor replied, “Absolutely. I’m game. Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where. We’ll do it."
According to Hannity, the event would be a "policy-based debate" between the governor of a blue state and the governor of a red state.
"Florida has been the number one state for net in-migration," DeSantis told Hannity. "We have the number one ranked economy, [we’re] 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 Californi-cation of the United States ... And I think if we go down that direction, that’s going to accelerate American decline," adding, "We can’t see America decline anymore.”
Though no date has been scheduled yet for the debate, a spokesman for Newsom said in a statement, "Governor Newsom has been challenging DeSantis to debate for months and sent him a formal debate offer last week. Nov. 8 or 10 — DeSantis should put up or shut up. Anything else is just games."
The letter on the formal debate rules obtained by NBC stated that Hannity should moderate the debate to be held in Georgia, Nevada, or North Carolina with no notes for either candidate during the 90-minute event.
DeSantis posted the clip of his interview, saying "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 I have the best vision for the future of our country."
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