During an interview on Fox News with Sean Hannity in June, Newsom said that he was “all in” to debate, that he could go for up to three hours, and he only needed “one day’s notice with no notes.”
DeSantis accepted the debate challenge this week during an interview with Hannity. “Let’s get it done,” DeSantis said. “Just tell me when and where we’ll do it.”
The proposal that Newsom sent to Fox News makes the first date that he is available to debate three months out, contrary to his claim that he only needed “one day’s notice.”
In their separate proposals, both sides have agreed:
Where the governors disagree:
Newsom’s team, apparently unable to handle a live audience, lashed out at DeSantis when they saw his debate proposal.
“What a joke,” said a Newsom spokesperson to POLITICO. “Desantis’ counterproposal is littered with crutches to hide his insecurity and ineptitude — swapping opening statements with a hype video, cutting down the time he needs to be on stage, adding cheat notes and a cheering section.”
This is false. DeSantis proposed the same length for the debate and the same two-minute closing statements. DeSantis did not propose being able to bring in notes and both sides would be allowed to have fans attend with equal ticket allotment.