from Sputnik News:
In what some are speculating as an attempt to get ahead of the 2024 presidential race, California Governor Gavin Newsom has launched an ad targeting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his controversial rightwing policies. Both are up for reelection this year, but what does Newsom hope to achieve in targeting DeSantis?
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“It’s Independence Day. So let’s talk about what’s going on in America. Freedom is under attack in your state. Republican leaders, they’re banning books— making it harder to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, even criminalizing women and doctors. I urge all of you living in Florida to join the fight, or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom,” says Newsom in his attack ad.
“Freedom of speech. Freedom to choose. Freedom from hate. And the freedom to love. Don’t let them take your freedom,” says Newsom, firmly pointing at the camera.
Newsom has gained ground across the country as a potential pick for the Democratic party’s presidential nominee in 2024. President Joe Biden’s polls are falling fast (58% of Americans disapprove of the president, according to Reuters) and his age (79 years old) makes him the oldest sitting president ever, with his predecessor former President Donald Trump taking second place in that category.
Vice President Kamala Harris is also falling behind in her approval ratings, with 52% of Americans disapproving of the first female, Black, and South Asian American vice president, according to data from June 28. Harris’ favorability among Americans is actually less than former Vice President Mike Pence’s ratings during the same period of time in office.