For the fourth time this campaign season, former President Donald Trump will be otherwise occupied while his Republican challengers trade barbs in a televised debate.
But this time there is a twist. Previously, the former president held high-profile events that directly competed for attention with the Republican National Committee-sanctioned debate.
The preceding day, Dec. 5., President Trump is scheduled to appear in a town hall forum with Fox News personality Sean Hannity in Davenport, Iowa.
During that Nov. 30 event, Mr. Newsom and Mr. DeSantis debated which state was faring better based on the policies they implemented.
Many people believe that Mr. Newsom might run for president someday or could even replace the current Democrat president, Joe Biden, who is 81 years old and has been criticized for appearing disoriented.
While Mr. Newsom defended Mr. Biden’s record, Mr. DeSantis argued that the nation would benefit more from a new Republican president: him. But he is running a distant second behind President Trump in virtually all opinion polls, as are his fellow Republican challengers.
The upcoming Iowa town hall closely follows two other Iowa events featuring the former president.
On Dec. 2, President Trump is set to speak at back-to-back “commit to caucus” events in Ankeny, Iowa, followed by another in Cedar Rapids.
He and several of his Republican rivals have ramped up their campaigns in the Hawkeye State, which will hold the first-in-nation Republican primary contest on Jan. 15.
Iowa chooses its preferred presidential candidates at precinct-level gatherings called caucuses, run by political parties’ volunteers rather than by state officials.
At his Iowa rallies, President Trump’s volunteers ask attendees to sign cards committing to support him at their local caucus meetings.