Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stirred the political pot by challenging former President Donald Trump to a one-on-one debate following Trump’s absence from the second Republican Party primary debate held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. DeSantis made this challenge during a post-debate interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
DeSantis, who already has a one-on-one debate scheduled with California Governor Gavin Newsom on November 30, suggested that Trump should step up for a similar debate. He argued that Trump owes it to the voters to make his case, emphasizing that no one is entitled to anything. DeSantis emphasized his commitment to showing up everywhere to engage in the discussions that matter to the American people.
During the debate, DeSantis had called out Trump for his absence, referring to him as “missing in action” and highlighting the importance of addressing issues like the national debt and inflation. DeSantis pointed out that during Trump’s presidency, $7.8 trillion was added to the national debt, setting the stage for the ongoing problem of inflation.
The challenge issued by DeSantis signals his willingness to engage in debates and discussions, highlighting his commitment to addressing key issues and making his case to the voters. It also reflects the dynamics within the Republican Party as various figures position themselves for the 2024 presidential election.