Newsom Launches Ad Campaign Against DeSantis in Florida – NBC 7 South Florida

SAN DIEGO – California Governor Gavin Newsom is committed to a re-election bid this November, but a political ad campaign in Florida that came out on July 4 accusing the GOP of stealing the freedom of Floridians is raising questions about his political aspirations in 2024.

The 30 second ad airing on Fox News takes photos of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his policies, while drawing a contrast to California. Some say DeSantis could be a contender for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Liberty is under attack in your state. Republican leaders are banning books, making it difficult to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, and even criminalizing women and doctors,” Newsom says in the ad as images of DeSantis and President Donald Trump flash across the screen.

According to research by the Pews Center for Studies, 6 out of 10 Americans feel dissatisfied with the way democracy works in the United States following recent Supreme Court rulings.

“I urge everyone who lives in Florida to join the fight. Or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom: freedom of speech, freedom to choose, freedom from hate, and freedom to love,” says Newsom.

Newsom has said in the past that he has no plans to run for the White House in 2024, but some analysts say President Biden’s approval rating is slipping and anything is possible in this political climate.

Newsom easily overcame an impeachment attempt last year and is expected to run for re-election in November.

The governor has said he has no interest in running for president, but the announcement sparks speculation that the 54-year-old Democrat is considering a national job. DeSantis is a possible Republican candidate for the White House in 2024.

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“I think he’s definitely trying to keep his name, but he also has no real competition against his Republican opponent in California, so he has extra money to spend,”

Newsom also recently created an account on Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, where he posted videos and comments similar to the Florida ad.

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