DeSan­tis picks fight with New­som ahead of debate: ‘Stakes are real­ly high’

Ahead of their high­ly antic­i­pat­ed debate next week, Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL) called out Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) for run­ning a pres­i­den­tial shad­ow cam­paign, warn­ing Repub­li­cans to be wary of the Demo­c­rat in 2024.
“He is run­ning a shad­ow cam­paign. Even peo­ple in his own par­ty are say­ing that,” DeSan­tis said on Fox News. “A lot of Democ­rats want to move Biden out.”
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DeSan­tis launched attacks against New­som he has used before, blam­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic gov­er­nor for a “mass exo­dus” out of Cal­i­for­nia and cau­tion­ing Repub­li­cans that New­som wants to lead the coun­try under his state’s poli­cies.
“I think what he’s done in Cal­i­for­nia, Gov. New­som, caus­ing a mass exo­dus out of the state — you’ve real­ly seen cities col­lapse there,” DeSan­tis said. “That is what he would want to do for this entire coun­try, and it would accel­er­ate the col­lapse we’ve seen under Joe Biden. So, the stakes are real­ly high for Amer­i­ca.”
DeSan­tis and fel­low Repub­li­cans have fre­quent­ly attacked Cal­i­for­nia over its left-lean­ing poli­cies, con­nect­ing Newsom’s lead­er­ship to a decline in the state’s pop­u­la­tion. DeSan­tis said, “Peo­ple are flood­ing into Flori­da because we’ve stood for free­dom and pros­per­i­ty.”
“They’re le …