POLITICS + GOVERNMENT

Ron DeSantis, Gavin Newsom agree to 90-minute debate in November

Aug 3, 2023, 9:30 PM | Updated: 9:40 pm

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves at the Republican Party of Iowa's...

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis waves at the Republican Party of Iowa's 2023 Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, July 28, 2023. DeSantis has agreed to a 90-minute debate with California Gov. Gavin Newsom in November. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

SALT LAKE CITY — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and California Gov. Gavin Newsom have agreed to a 90-minute debate, according to ABC News

ABC News reports the 90-minute debate will be held either Nov. 8 or Nov. 10. The site of the debate has yet to be determined, but Nevada, Georgia and North Carolina are mentioned as potential locations.

So, what does this mean for the presidential election in 2024?

KSL NewsRadio’s Derek Brown shares some insight into what the two sides are thinking.

“I think both of them are positioning,” he said. “Obviously, DeSantis is running for president, he’s way behind in the polls. But Newsom, who’s also positioning himself as well, is probably about the same in the polls with the Democratic Party.”

Brown says this is likely a preview of the 2028 presidential election.

“If were being held today, it would be a Trump versus Biden,” he said. “Biden would likely win.”

Brown says in four years Trump and Biden won’t be the nominees from their respective parties. 

“So it may well be that these two debating now is just a harbinger of what’s to come four years from now,” Brown said.

Fox News commentator Sean Hannity is expected to be the moderator for the debate, which has Brown shaking his head.

“I serve on the Utah Debate Commission,” he said. “And we spent a lot of time trying really hard to make sure our moderators for the debates are people who are impartial, who haven’t contributed to candidates, that sort of thing. We try really hard to find someone that can be neutral. They’ve done exactly the opposite.”

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Ron DeSantis, Gavin Newsom agree to 90-minute debate in November