Four take­aways from DeSan­tis-New­som debate: ‘Lion’s den’

Govs. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) and Gavin New­som’s (D‑CA) red vs. blue state debate bat­tle royale promised to deliv­er polit­i­cal fire­works, and it was like the Fourth of July.
The debate, tele­vised with­out an audi­ence and slow­er in pace than its 2024 Repub­li­can coun­ter­parts, allowed DeSan­tis to dif­fer­en­ti­ate him­self from his pri­ma­ry oppo­nents and New­som to intro­duce him­self to a gen­er­al elec­tion audi­ence should he run for pres­i­dent in the future.
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Here are the Wash­ing­ton Exam­in­er’s top four take­aways:
DeSan­tis had a good night
DeSan­tis has improved in the Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry debates over the course of his cam­paign and had a strong per­for­mance against New­som.
Despite appear­ing awk­ward at times, DeSan­tis had a sol­id open­ing, crit­i­ciz­ing New­som and oth­er blue state gov­er­nors, sev­er­al of whom have lost res­i­dents to red ones.
“You almost have to try to mess Cal­i­for­nia up,” DeSan­tis said. “They actu­al­ly, at one point. ran out of U‑Hauls in the state of Cal­i­for­nia because so many peo­ple were leav­ing!”
“He’s imposed restric­tions on his own peo­ple while …