DeSantis Says Newsom Debate Already Over – California a ‘Petri Dish’ of Leftism
The feud between Governors Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom is heating up ahead of next month’s televised matchup. However, according to DeSantis, the debate between Florida and California is already over.
Over the weekend, DeSantis was interviewed by Fox News host Maria Bartiromo of ‘Sunday Morning Futures.’ He described California as the “petri dish” of American leftism and contrasted the state’s economic woes with Florida’s successes.
“I think they’re getting all the big things wrong,” DeSantis told Bartiromo.
“Their streets are not safe because they’ve indulged in leftist ideology. The economy is really difficult for working people because they’re putting a left-wing agenda over the well-being of people who are working hard. So it will be an interesting debate.”
DESANTIS on the importance of his debate with Gavin Newsom:
“California represents the petri dish of American leftism. Whatever Biden’s doing now, California is a few years ahead…A second Biden term — or heaven forbid a Harris or Newsom [term] — they are going to try to impose… pic.twitter.com/RNCWpdVRio
— DeSantis War Room 🐊 (@DeSantisWarRoom) October 1, 2023
While there are still nearly two months before the scheduled faceoff between DeSantis and Newsom, the Florida Governor says the debate was already settled long ago.
“The debate between Florida and California — that debate is over because people have voted with their feet,” DeSantis told the Fox News host. “I think California represents the Petri dish of American leftism. So whatever Biden is doing now, California is a few years ahead of where the left would want to go.”
DeSantis said that he rarely encountered California residents throughout his life in Sunshine State. “I was born and raised in Florida. I never saw a California license plate in my life growing up,” he said.
“Yet I become governor, and we start seeing all these California license plates in the state of Florida and a lot of my voters got a little concerned because they didn’t know if they were going to vote the same way Californians vote. It turns out they were disaffected from the policies: the COVID lockdowns, the schools doing indoctrination, denying parents rights, the crime…”
DeSantis told Bartiromo that he and his wife “ran into six or seven people that had been mugged in the last year in southern California.” He attributed spiraling crime rates as a significant factor driving mass migration from California.
“They are going to try to impose California policies across the entire country,” DeSantis continued. He warned that if Democrats were successful, “that would facilitate an even more rapid decline of this country, whereas Florida represents the opportunity to reverse the decline and usher in an American revival.”
Maria opened the interview this morning with ‘muh polls’, insinuating DeSantis had no chance and asking if he’d be Trump’s VP with her first question.
Ron’s response: No. I’m running for President. I can serve two terms and win states like GA & AZ that Trump can’t, even though… pic.twitter.com/11lYrq0tjG
— Josh Power 🇺🇸 (@JoshPower80) October 1, 2023
While Newsom has not thrown his hat into the Presidential race, his high-profile feuding with DeSantis and constant media appearances have raised speculation that he could become a future contender. However, Newsom has repeatedly ruled out that he plans to run in 2024.
In his interview with Maria Bartiromo, DeSantis also ruled out the possibility of being Donald Trump’s running mate, saying, “No. I’m running for president.”
The “red state vs. blue state” debate between DeSantis and Newsom is scheduled for November 30 in Georgia. Fox News host Sean Hannity will moderate the 90-minute event.
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