FIRST ON FOX: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis dropped a new campaign video on Monday targeting California and Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom ahead of a two-day visit to the Golden State.
The video takes aim at California’s left-wing policies, arguing that they have led to an increase in crime, homelessness, and a net outward migration from the state.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at a press conference at the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum in Titusville, Florida. (Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A montage of news clips highlights these problems as DeSantis, a Republican contender in the 2024 presidential race, contrasts his governing philosophy with that of his Democratic counterpart in California.
“We’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states governed by leftist politicians,” DeSantis says. “This is a result of better governance in states like Florida. It is the result of poor governance in these left-wing states. That’s why people are moving.”
Florida governor and 2024 presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis waves as he arrives for his campaign kickoff event at Eternity Church in Clive, Iowa, on May 30, 2023. (ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)
During an exclusive interview on “Hannity” last week, Newsom argued that, per capita, “more Floridians move to California than California is moving to Florida.”
He further stated that 18 states across the nation saw a dip in their population as California’s decline hovered over 0.3% — a first for the state.
During a Thursday press conference in Fort Pierce, Florida, DeSantis poked fun at Newsom for having a “fixation” on Florida and dared the California Democrat to “stop pussyfooting around” and enter the 2024 presidential race.
“I think it’s just bizarre that [Newsom] does that,” DeSantis said. “What I would tell him is, ‘you know what, stop pussyfooting around. Are you going to throw your hat in the ring and challenge Joe?'”