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Newsom, DeSantis fox news debate confirmed. Hannity to moderate

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference behind a podium reading "California Climate Action"
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a press conference in May. | Source: Hans Gutknecht/The Orange County Register via AP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis have finally set a date for their long-talked-about debate on Fox News—with the conservative network’s Sean Hannity as its moderator.

The red vs. blue state debate will run on Nov. 30 on Fox News. The 90-minute debate will be filmed in Georgia and will air on Hannity’s show at 6 p.m. PST.

Republican presidential candidate DeSantis and Newsom have been publicly sparring for months—with Newsom slamming DeSantis as a “small pathetic man” after two planes of migrants were sent to Sacramento in June. California’s attorney general and Newsom blamed DeSantis and Florida officials for the act.

Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at Dreamforce 2023 in San Francisco. | Source: Justin Katigbak/The Standard

Weeks later, DeSantis popped on a San Francisco street corner, slamming both California’s and the city’s political leadership for filthy streets and perceived crime issues.

This will mark the first time the two prominent governors will face off in a debate.

A screenshot of a new Ron DeSantis campaign ad, which was filmed on the corner of Hyde and Geary streets in San Francisco.
A Ron DeSantis campaign ad was filmed on the corner of Hyde and Geary streets in San Francisco. | Source: Screenshot/SF Standard

“I’m looking forward to providing viewers with an informative debate about the everyday issues and governing philosophies that impact the lives of every American,” Hannity said.