A Fox Business panelist stated that Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida could be “finished” if he fails to perform well in a debate with Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom of California.
Thursday evening will witness a televised debate between DeSantis and Newsom, which will be moderated by Fox News presenter Sean Hannity.
“It’s a big problem. He’s not a good debater, he’s had a rough time debating two weak opponents in each gubernatorial race,” host Mark Simone said.
“He’s not good at it. In this case, it is a no-brainer, 1000% the facts are on his side. But he is a bad debater. Newsom is a handsome dashing guy, a great salesman. If he ties or beats DeSantis in the charm category… that’s it, DeSantis is finished,” he continued.
“Governor DeSantis has done an extraordinary job in the state of Florida. The economy is booming, the out-migration from the northeast and Midwest and west where taxes and regulations are so high, he has welcomed them all, economy thrived, culturally, socially, economically, you name it, but the style factor is huge. Gavin Newsom is always full of it, Larry, but style tends to trump in formats like this.” Monica Crowley observed.
Some media commentators have inflated Newsom’s approval rating from 55% to 44% in anticipation of his potential to succeed Joe Biden as president in 2024 or to run for president in 2028.
In 2018, following a recount, DeSantis defeated Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum of Tallahassee by 0.41%. By more than 19%, he defeated former Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist, who had served as governor from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican, to win the gubernatorial election in 2022.