Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis’s presidential aspirations could be over if he fails to perform better than his California Democrat counterpart, Gov. Gavin Newsom, in their upcoming debate.
WOR radio host Mark Simone made the prediction during an appearance on Fox Business. Simon told host Larry Kudlow that the Florida Governor is not a good debater and that a loss to Newsom could be the end of DeSantis.
“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,” 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.”
Former Trump administration official Monica Crowley —who appeared on the show— agreed with Simone, noting that DeSantis’ excellent track records as governor means the facts are on his side. She, however, added that the Florida governor does not have Newsom’s “Style Factors.”
“Governor DeSantis has done an extraordinary job in the state of Florida,” Crowley said. “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.”
Desantis and Newsom are set to debate each other in a televised debate moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night. The debate comes amid rumors that the Democrat party is secretly planning to replace President Joe Biden with Newsom as their 2024 presidential nominee. DeSantis campaign manager James Uthmeier told the Daily Caller News Foundation that the rumors means the debate could not have come at a better time.
LIVESTREAM: The Great State Debate! Reminder, tomorrow we will not have our morning show. Instead, we'll be hosting a LIVESTREAM at 8:30 pm ET covering the debate between Gavin Newsom & Ron DeSantis. Tune in for live fact-checking, drinking games, skits and more. pic.twitter.com/YyGykS6MLq
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) November 29, 2023
“As Democrats ramp up their efforts to replace the historically unpopular and failed Joe Biden as their nominee, Ron DeSantis’ showdown with Gavin Newsom is even more timely,” Uthmeier said. “A Newsom presidency would accelerate America’s decline, and November 30th will be the first chance to expose to a national audience just how dangerous his radical ideology would be for the country. Ron DeSantis will take this responsibility seriously and looks forward to sharing the stark contrast between his vision to revive our nation and Newsom’s blueprint for failure.”