Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) of California is running a new ad in Florida that attacks Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and other GOP lawmakers over a wave of new laws that go after LGBTQ rights, voting rights, “critical race theory,” and abortion.
In a 30-second ad that will start airing on Fox News on Monday, Newsom, who is running for reelection, invites fed-up Floridians to move to California, which he says still believes in protecting personal freedom.
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“It’s Independence Day. Let’s talk about what’s going on in America. Freedom. It’s under attack in your state your Republican leaders, they’re banning books, making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors,” Newsom says.
Newsom Running Ads Attacking Gop in Florida
In the ad, DeSantis shakes hands with former President Trump, and the words “Freedom is under attack” appear on the screen.
“I urge all of you who live 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 the freedom to love,” Newsom added. “Don’t let them take your freedom.”
As the governors of two of the country’s largest states, DeSantis and Newsom are both viewed as prospective presidential candidates for their respective parties. While Newsom has shown “sub-zero” interest in running for president, polls suggest that DeSantis is the second-most popular Republican candidate behind Trump.
DeSantis and his state party caused a national uproar when they passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This law forbids teachers in grades K–4 from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gavin Newsom just ran an ad in Florida telling Floridians that their freedoms are “under attack” by Ron DeSantis. Even better, Newsom dropped the ad on the 4th of July holiday weekend. Top-tier, brilliant messaging. I encourage Democrats to do more of this. Bravo, @GavinNewsom!
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) July 3, 2022
Along with other Republican governors, he has pushed to severely restrict abortions prior to the Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn Roe v. Wade, and he has restricted voting rights in light of Trump’s baseless accusations of a rigged election in 2020.
Newsom has said that California’s economy is better than Florida’s in the past, and he has shown a willingness to talk to Republicans all over the country.
Last month, the 54-year-old governor joined Trump’s social media site in an effort to dispel “Republican myths.”
“This could get…interesting,” Newsom wrote in a Twitter post.
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