Ron DeSantis Dares Gavin Newsom to Run

Ron DeSantis Dares Gavin Newsom to Run

(USNewsBreak.com) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has been pushing his right-wing credentials while campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination next year, trying to position himself as a stronger and more consistent conservative candidate than Donald Trump, the current party favorite. He’s even gone as far as claiming the former president’s Supreme Court nominees — Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Neil Gorsuch — weren’t conservative enough. He vowed to “do better” at filling vacancies if he wins his bid for the White House.

Meanwhile, DeSantis’ ultra-liberal rival, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D), recently funneled $10 million in leftover campaign funds from 2022 to a new PAC to promote Democratic candidates during the 2024 campaign cycle. He’s also spent considerable time touring the country promoting liberal causes and taunting leading Republican leaders like the Florida governor since his successful reelection bid.

On June 5, things came to a head after the Florida Division of Emergency Management confirmed that the state had been sending migrants to California. Newsom lashed out at DeSantis, calling him a “small pathetic man” on his Twitter page. He also raised the possibility of “kidnapping charges” and posted a screenshot of the applicable California statute.

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Newsom sparred with Fox News host Sean Hannity during a subsequent sit-down interview on June 12. Hannity asked Newsom if he would participate in a two-hour debate with DeSantis. The governor said he was willing to “make it three [hours],” adding that he would do so with one day’s notice. “I look forward to that,” he said.

Three days later, in Fort Pierce, Florida, a reporter asked DeSantis about the prospect of debating Newsom. DeSantis quickly responded by daring Newsom to put his money where his mouth was and run for president, telling the reporter Newsom should stop being so non-committal, to the applause of attendees. Continuing, he told the crowd, “Are you going to throw your hat in the ring and challenge Joe [Biden]?”

Newsom has consistently denied rumors that he was interested in running for president, telling reporters and other interested partners that he supports Biden’s bid for a second term. In April, he raised money for the president’s campaign at a Washington fundraiser shortly after the California leader announced his reelection bid.

However, Newsom’s decision not to run in 2024 had done little to dispel mounting speculation that he might seek the White House in a future election. He’s raised his national profile over the last year by touring Democratic strongholds and swing states. Recently, he proposed a constitutional amendment limiting gun rights, and there’s the matter of his newly formed PAC, which gives him additional media exposure.

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