DeSantis on Debating Newsom: ‘I Don’t Know if They Can Reliably Keep the Power On!’

By Eric Daugherty, Florida's Voice

September 21, 2022 Updated 11:38 AM ET

Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Gage Skidmore).
Gov. Ron DeSantis and Gov. Gavin Newsom (Gage Skidmore).

TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – As the political feud continues between rivaling U.S. governors Ron DeSantis, R-FL, and Gavin Newsom, D-CA, the Florida Republican poked fun

The California Democrat governor challenged DeSantis to a debate after national attention was drawn to his flying 50 migrants north to Martha’s Vineyard, a rich, blue community.

“Hey [Ron DeSantis], clearly you’re struggling, distracted, and busy playing politics with people’s lives. Since you have only one overriding need — attention –let’s take this up & debate. I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray. Name the time before Election Day,” Newsom said.

As days passed, DeSantis remained quiet on the challenge. Then, on an appearance with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, he poked fun at Newsom’s latest issue with keeping the lights on in California.

“Do you have any interest in debating good old Gavin Newsom on his record taxes, state income taxes?” Hannity asked.

“I don’t know if they can reliably keep the power on, so you go out there for a debate and what ends up happening, you know, if they can’t keep the lights on?” DeSantis said.

On a more serious note, DeSantis explained rather than spend time debating another state’s governor, he’d rather “get things done.”

“We’re happy with what we’re doing. You know, what I do though, Sean – My actions speak louder than my words. There’s certain people that’ll preen, and do that – I understand – we get things done in Florida.”

After news of the migrant flights, Newsom also asked the U.S. Department of Justice under President Joe Biden to investigate DeSantis and Gov. Greg Abbot of Texas for a “fraudulent scheme” to send migrants up north.

“[Newsom] sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying, ‘You need to prosecute Texas and Florida governors!’ And, all I can say is, I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function,” DeSantis responded. After laughter and applause, the governor ended the press conference.

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