California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) challenged Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to a debate on Friday, following Democrats outrage over DeSantiss decision to charter two planes of migrants that landed in Marthas Vineyard, Mass.
Hey [Gov. Ron DeSantis], clearly youre struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with peoples lives, Newsom said in a tweet. Because you have only 1 overriding need attention lets take this up & debate. Ill bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name enough time before Election Day.
Newsom and DeSantis are both running for reelection this season, and DeSantis is known as a high potential presidential candidate for the GOP in 2024. Speculation in addition has swirled about Newsom running for the Democratic nomination amid doubts that President Biden will run for another term.
Both governors also have stepped up efforts to enact policies consistent with their respective partys priorities and platforms. Newsom has had a hard-line stance on abortion rights, and on Thursday launched a billboard campaignin seven Republican-led states with a number of the strictest abortion laws.
The billboards tout Californias abortion access. He also previously ran ads in Florida, criticizing DeSantis and encouraging Florida residents to go to California.
DeSantis, a staunch supporter of former President Trump and his immigration policies, chartered two planes of migrants from San Antonio, Texas, which landed in Marthas Vineyard, a standard destination for the wealthy in New England.
DeSantis along with other GOP governors of southern border states, including Govs. Greg Abbott (Texas) and Doug Ducey (Ariz.) have transported migrants who’ve crossed the southern border in to the U.S. across state lines into Democratic-led states and cities.
Democrats, including Newsom, are fuming on the move. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), a respected progressive, slammed DeSantis on Thursday, accusing the governor of chartering the flights within a political stunt.
Newsoms tweet Friday came in reaction to another post from veteran journalist Dan Rather last month, where he suggested that the brand new head of CNN setup a debate between your two governors.
Two governors of big states, potential presidential candidates, Rather said, Prime time. Ratings I bet will be huge. Who have the courage showing up?