Ron DeSantis: A New Strategy for the Spotlight

Explore how Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is shifting his campaign strategy, agreeing to debate California Governor Gavin Newsom. Can these bold moves capture public attention and trust?

August 4, 2023

In the timeless words of Mark Twain, 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' It appears that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has taken this advice to heart. In a surprising move that has the political world abuzz, DeSantis has agreed to a debate with California Governor Gavin Newsom. This audacious decision signals a significant shift in his campaign strategy, a venture into uncharted territories that is as daring as it is unexpected. Yet, amidst this bold maneuver, a question looms large: Can we trust DeSantis to lead not just a state, but an entire nation?

The debate stage is a battleground of ideas, a platform where policies are scrutinized and leadership qualities are put to the test. DeSantis stepping onto this stage signifies his readiness to have his ideas challenged and his policies examined in detail. It's a bold move, one that could potentially sway public opinion and garner support for his campaign.

However, the real challenge for DeSantis is not just about policy debates or aligning with party lines. It's about capturing the public's attention in a media landscape often dominated by figures like Donald Trump. Traditional methods like Fox News appearances and standard stump speeches are not enough. It's time for Team DeSantis to shake things up and put their candidate in riskier situations. 

DeSantis' agreement to debate Newsom could be seen as a step in this direction, a move that brings him into the spotlight and allows him to directly engage with his political opponents. In an interview with Fox News, DeSantis responded to Newsom's challenge for a live televised debate saying, "let's get it done," adding that people have "fled California in record numbers" under Democrat Newsom's administration. This statement not only shows DeSantis' readiness to engage in a public discourse but also his confidence in his own leadership as compared to Newsom's.

On the other hand, Newsom, who has been widely tipped as a future presidential contender, has been locked in a fierce rivalry with DeSantis on issues ranging from migration to abortion and LGBTQ+ idolatry. His willingness to debate DeSantis is a testament to his own confidence and readiness to have his policies and leadership scrutinized on a presidential level. It feels like Newsom is a backup plan should the "big guy" be unable to continue in 2024.

In the end, the debate between DeSantis and Newsom is not just about who has the better policies or who is the better leader. It's about who can capture the public's attention and trust. And for DeSantis, this debate is a step towards doing just that.

Shifting gears to a different platform, 'The View', a renowned talk show celebrated for its diverse panel and engaging discussions, extended an olive branch to DeSantis on August 1, 2022. The reaction from DeSantis' office was immediate and pointed. As documented by Fox News and Breitbart, DeSantis' deputy press secretary, Brian Griffin, questioned the authenticity of the hosts, citing their previous critical remarks about DeSantis. As spectators of this political theater, we can only anticipate that DeSantis will seize such opportunities to showcase his leadership prowess, even in challenging arenas like 'The View'. After all, the invitation from 'The View' remains open, and his decision to decline it continues to be a missed opportunity.


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