DeSantis Preps For Thursday Debate With Newsom, A Potential 2024 Rival

  • When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his Democratic counterpart in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom, agreed in September to the terms of a one-on-one televised debate, it was billed as a chance for two ideological opposites to present their radically different approaches to governing to a national audience.
  • Now, for DeSantis, at least, it may be more than that.
  • For days, the Florida governor and his allies have been dropping hints that he sees the Thursday night debate with Newsom not just as a showdown with a blue state governor, but as a chance to take on a potential rival for the presidency, either in 2024 or some time in the future. The hour-and-a-half-long debate will take place in Alpharetta, Georgia, at 9 p.m. EST and will air on Fox News.