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Prime-Time Showdown Between DeSantis and Newsom: Who Will Win the ‘Hannity’ Debate?

As tensions mount between Republican governor Ron DeSantis and Democratic governor Gavin Newsom, the rivals have taken their feud to an unlikely forum: a live debate hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. In what is being called a “prime-time showdown”, the two governors will appear on Hannity’s show on Tuesday, February 16th to hash out their very different perspectives on the state of the nation. Coming from opposite ends of the political spectrum, DeSantis and Newsom are in agreement on very few topics. DeSantis is a staunch conservative who has made a name for himself by enacting policies designed to limit government regulations and protections on businesses like restaurants, while Newsom is a liberal favoring more expansive safety restrictions and regulations. The rivalry between the two governors began to reach a fever pitch in the wake of Newsom’s strict measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move sparked public backlash, with DeSantis siding with the protestors and becoming their de facto spokesperson in the media. Not to be outdone, Newsom began to push back by criticizing DeSantis for his own plan to reopen Florida businesses without restrictions. With the spotlight now on their feud, Tuesday’s live debate with Hannity could be a defining moment in the ongoing drama. Some experts are expecting a heated exchange, as both governors are known for their pugnaciousstyle of talking points. Whatever transpires, it is sure to be one of the most eagerly anticipated political standoffs of 2021. Whether the public will be swayed by either of the contenders remains to be seen. But with tensions already running high, the event promises to be worth tuning in for.