Dave Abrams, a spokesman for DeSantis’s reelection campaign, said that Florida voters are not likely impressed by Newsom’s handling of California.
“The people of Florida pay no mind to the pathetic smear campaigns from the Democrats and their allies in the corporate media,” Abrams told the Daily Wire. “We’re too busy enjoying the freedom Gov. Ron DeSantis has created in the Sunshine State.”
The ad, paid for by Newsom’s reelection campaign, has incited early speculation of a 2024 presidential showdown between the two governors.
“It’s Independence Day — so let’s talk about what’s going on in America,” Newsom said in the ad, which he tweeted out on Sunday. “Freedom is under attack in your state.”
We’re about to celebrate Independence Day — but Freedom is under attack by Republican leaders in states like Florida.
Making it harder to vote.
Criminalizing women and doctors.
It’s time to stand up. Don’t let them take your freedom. pic.twitter.com/cFI5UzgZzX
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) July 3, 2022
“Gavin Newsom might as well light a pile of cash on fire,” Abrams said. “Pass the popcorn for his desperate attempt to win back the California refugees who fled the hellhole he created in his state to come to Florida.”
Both governors’ names have been tossed around as potential 2024 presidential candidates.
“Everybody is trying to be relevant for the next race,” said Cedric Richmond, a former senior Biden White House official, who recently transitioned to a top role in the Democratic National Committee, according to Politico. “[Newsom] came through the recall election, and he’s doing a pretty good job as governor. However, I think ambition makes people do different things.”
DeSantis has garnered broad appeal among Republicans, nearly matching that of former President Donald Trump, with a new poll showing a nine-point difference between the two.