Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has committed to participating in the first GOP presidential primary debate, regardless of whether former President Donald Trump decides to join. DeSantis made the announcement on Monday, saying that he is “ready to debate anyone” and that he is “not afraid of anyone.” He also said that he believes that the debate will be a “great opportunity” to discuss the issues facing the country.
The debate is scheduled to take place on June 15, 2023, in Miami, Florida. It will be hosted by Fox News and will be moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum. Trump has not yet announced whether he will participate in the debate. However, he has been critical of the debate format, saying that it is “rigged” against him.
DeSantis's decision to commit to the debate is seen as a sign that he is serious about his presidential ambitions. He is one of several potential GOP candidates who are seen as potential challengers to Trump in 2024.
To learn more about the GOP Primary Debateplease read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he'll participate in the first Republican presidential nomination debate “regardless” of whether former President Donald Trump takes the stage at the August showdown.
“I'll be there regardless. I hope everybody who's eligible comes. I think it's an important part of the process and I look forward to being able to be on the stage and introducing our candidacy and our vision and our leadership to a wide audience,” DeSantis said Thursday on “Fox News Tonight.”
The debate is scheduled for August 23 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will be hosted by Fox News.