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California Gov. Gavin Newsom claimed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis "took the bait" by agreeing to face off in a one-on-one debate and said that by doing so, DeSantis had shown himself to be unqualified to serve as president.
Newsom asked why DeSantis, who is running for president, plans to debate a person who is not running for president.
Fox News Media has announced that the two governors will face off November 30 in Georgia during a debate moderated by Sean Hannity.
Newsom also opined that DeSantis "regrets" mounting a White House bid. "He made a huge mistake. He listened to his consultants. He bought his own hype," Newsom claimed, accusing DeSantis of having a "God complex."
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DeSantis and six other GOP presidential hopefuls participated in the second Republican presidential primary debate of the 2024 election cycle on Wednesday night, but former President Donald Trump skipped the event, just as he had skipped the first debate in August.
During the debate DeSantis criticized Trump for opting not to participate. "Donald Trump is missing in action. He should be on this stage tonight," DeSantis declared.
Trump maintains a massive lead over the rest of the GOP presidential primary pack, according to polling.
Earlier this year while interviewing Newsom, Hannity floated the idea of moderating a debate between DeSantis and Newsom. Newsom responded by claiming that he had been trying to debate DeSantis. "I'm all in," Newsom said.
Later DeSantis indicated that he would be willing to do the debate, telling Hannity, "Absolutely. I'm game."
DeSantis has floated the idea of a one-on-one debate against Trump.
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.