It’s a time-tested rule of politics: If you’re the frontrunner, give yourself as few opportunities as possible to mess that up.
Which brings us to the California governor’s race, where it appears Democrat Gavin Newsom might only participate in one general election debate against Republican John Cox.
Newsom leads Cox by nearly 25 points in the latest poll, and newly released fundraising totals show him with nearly $10 million more in his campaign account. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that he’s only agreed to one debate — in early October, during a Monday Night Football game, before vote-by-mail ballots go out.
Cox has instead agreed to three other debates and says he wants to meet even more.
“He’s got better name recognition,” Cox said of Newsom. “So, he figures, ‘Why should I give Cox a chance to have his background and his ideas put before the voters?’ That’s a pretty arrogant, I think, and cynical view of things.”
Newsom’s campaign points out that he’s already shared a stage with Cox four times during the primary race and also participated in five other primary debates against his Democratic rivals.