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California vs. Florida |  Two governors with opposing views discuss their model for America

California vs. Florida | Two governors with opposing views discuss their model for America

(Alpharetta) They lead California and Florida, two of the largest states in the United States, and embody two radically opposing visions of America With the White House in their sights: Governors Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis faced off Thursday in a very tense debate.

Republican Ron DeSantis said during this program: “This country must choose freedom instead of failure,” criticizing the “leftist policies” of his Democratic rival. In contrast, Gavin Newsom accused him of wanting to “set democracy on fire, like Donald Trump.”

In the United States, which is a federal state, the governor is the head of the executive branch of the state, and has many powers.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom

In the states of Florida and California – more populous than most countries in the European Union – Gavin Newsom, 56, and Ron DeSantis, 45, helped shape the daily lives of millions of Americans when it comes to abortion. Or environmental policy

The models were compared in great detail during this debate broadcast on Fox News, a favorite of conservatives, and presented by Donald Trump’s close friend, the show’s star host Sean Hannity.

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Unsurprisingly, the debates were initially largely devoted to immigration, crime, or taxes – all issues dear to Republican voters.

Before the thorny issue of abortion, which has been particularly tearing the country apart since the Supreme Court abolished its constitutional protections in the country in June 2022, is addressed.

“Ron DeSantis passed one of the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the country,” Gavin Newsom charged, referring to the text adopted this year in Florida that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy — when many women don’t yet know they have one. pregnant.

Conversely, California is committed to being a “sanctuary” that guarantees hundreds of thousands of women from conservative states the right to legal and safe abortion. This is a position that Catholic Ron DeSantis considered “extremely extreme.”

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

The seven-differences game had the governors choosing their ties: Ron DeSantis’ color was red, the Republican’s color, and Gavin Newsom’s blue, the Democrats’ color.

For an hour and a half, the two men praised their role models in the hope that they would ultimately serve their highest political aspirations.

2028 or… 2024?

In May, Ron DeSantis, then considered a rising star in the Republican Party, entered the primary race for the 2024 presidential election. But he saw his candidacy decline sharply in Republican polls, as an opponent of Donald Trump still enjoyed strong support from his base, Despite his indictments.

Gavin Newsom had been tipped as a potential Democratic nominee for the 2024 election, eventually lining up behind Joe Biden’s candidacy, and in June affirmed his support “for the president and his leadership.”

However, the fifty-year-old still maintains only relative obscurity about his presidential ambitions.

In recent months, the combed-haired man has increased his travels abroad, aired infomercials bragging about his record without restraint, and invested millions of dollars in a political action committee, raising speculation about a run in 2028. Or from 2024?

During the debate, Ron DeSantis accused his rival of “running a shadow campaign” for next November’s elections, in the face of the cognitive “decline” of 81-year-old Joe Biden.

Gavin Newsom responded, saying: “For a choice, I would prefer Joe Biden, who is 100 years old, any day, over Ron DeSantis,” stressing that he is not seeking to replace the Democratic leader in the race for the White House.

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