Gavin Newsom’s unexpected choice to debate with Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, is raising eyebrows among some of President Joe Biden’s closest political advisors. Scheduled to be moderated by Sean Hannity, the upcoming debate promises drama and intrigue.
Could Create a Distraction
Insiders suggest it could potentially divert attention away from the main focus of the Biden-Harris campaign.
Biden’s Circle Is Concerned
According to reports from the Daily Mail, certain key strategists within Biden’s circle see the debate as a possible distraction from their central agenda.
Newsom Says He Has No Plans to Run
Despite endorsing Biden for president earlier on, Newsom has consistently reiterated that he has no aspirations of running for the presidency during this election cycle.
Democrats Are Suspicious
Nevertheless, his decision to engage in a debate has ignited a new round of discussions and deliberations among Democratic circles.
Will This Give DeSantis a Boost?
In the Biden camp, there are concerns that the debate might inadvertently give DeSantis a boost.
Biden’s Camp Is Worried About DeSantis
Interestingly, DeSantis was initially considered by Biden’s campaign officials to pose a more formidable threat to the incumbent’s re-election chances than even Donald Trump.
An advisor to Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking anonymously, voiced their opinion: “It’s disrespectful.
Joe Biden is running with Kamala Harris. That’s the Democratic ticket.”
Potential Issues Could Rise Up
Another advisor highlighted potential optics issues arising from the debate, especially considering recent disagreements between Harris and DeSantis.
Interpretations of the Optics
The interpretations of these optics range from Biden stepping in to defend Harris when she can’t defend herself, to Biden being perceived as eager for attention or a fight.
Some See It as an Opportunity
Not all voices within the Biden administration are skeptical. Some see the debate as a potential opportunity.
He Might Be Able to Weaken DeSantis
They speculate that Newsom, a prominent campaign surrogate for Biden, might be able to weaken DeSantis’ position with a strong performance.
Suspicious of a Shadow Campaign
A Biden advisor commented on Newsom’s approach, stating, “What he’s doing here is appropriate for a surrogate.”
This advisor commended Newsom for directly engaging with DeSantis and for sharing his donor list, which holds significant value in political circles.
‘Strong Partner and Surrogate’
Kevin Munoz, a spokesperson for Biden’s campaign, echoed these sentiments, saying, “Governor Newsom is a strong partner and surrogate for the Biden-Harris campaign.”
They Will Cover a Range of Policy Disparities
If the debate indeed takes place, it is expected to cover a wide range of policy disparities. Immigration, crime, and education are among the anticipated topics of discussion.
Where the Idea Came From
The idea for the debate originated during an interview with Newsom on Hannity’s show, and DeSantis embraced the challenge through social media.
‘Absolutely. I’m Game’
DeSantis enthusiastically responded, saying, “Absolutely. I’m game. Let’s get it done. Just tell me when and where. We’ll do it.”
Stream of High-Profile Clashes Between the Two
Newsom’s challenge to DeSantis follows months of high-profile clashes between the two governors, showcasing the political differences that separate the East Coast and West Coast states.
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