Fresh from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lure of political ads in Florida, California’s Democratic leader, Gavin Newsom, is now running full-page newspaper ads in Texas about abortion and guns.
The brazen campaign will fuel speculation that Newsom is presenting his credentials for 2024 as a presidential candidate ready to take the fight to the Republican culture warriors.
In an interview that coincided with the launch, he criticized other members of his party for playing softball with opponents.
The new slate will feature ads in the Austin American Statesman, Houston Chronicle, and El Paso Times.
They targeted Gov. Greg Abbott, who recently said that abortion takes the lives of babies in Texas.
He changes his line to say instead that gun violence is responsible for killing children in California.
If Texas can ban abortion and endanger lives, then California can ban deadly weapons of war and save lives. If Governor Abbott really wants to protect the right to life, we urge him to take California’s lead,” the ad reads.
It comes after Newsom sparked speculation in 2024 with a $105,000 ad buy on Fox News that hit DeSantis, before last week criticizing Washington Democrats’ timidity.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (left) is now going after his Texas counterpart Greg Abbott with full-page newspaper ads about abortion and gun violence
Newsom’s ads are scheduled to run in the Austin American Statesman, Houston Chronicle and El Paso Times.
He told NBC News that Democrats should get tougher in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down abortion rights nationwide.
“I think the Democrats have been playing it cool a little bit,” he said.
He added that adopting the moral high ground would only make the party so far.
“It’s absolutely true that I prefer to follow that, ‘when they go down, we go up,'” he said, referring to former First Lady Michelle Obama’s philosophy.
“But I also think we will completely miss the moment we are in. The door is open.
“It’s now fair play. The Supreme Court has left the door open.”
To that end, on Friday Newsom is set to sign a gun control law modeled on Texas’ abortion law by allowing citizens to sue anyone who manufactures or sells illegal weapons.
His Florida announcing sounded like a national player.
“I urge all of you who live in Florida to join the fight — or join us in California, where we still believe in freedom,” he said in the Fourth of July ad.
The next week he was in the nation’s capital for a meeting the first lady Jill Biden in the White House.
Newsom came to national attention when he bought television ads critical of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Fox News. That sparked speculation that he was preparing for the 2024 Tour
He said the two talked “all about education” including “what’s going on in a lot of those red states”.
He also received an award from the States Commission on Education.
The award comes “in recognition of its coordinated approach to educating all students from pre-school through post-secondary, with a demonstrated interest in whole-child support and services, as well as its historic financial investments to ensure educational equity,” according to the group.
The country is on its way to achieving pre-kindergarten for all by 2025.
Newsom, 54, used the platform to blast GOP attacks on the critical race theory, at a time when some Democrats have called on Biden to confront his critics more forcefully.
“What is happening now – banning books? Suppressing speech? The other of our students, teachers and parents? It’s disturbing He said.
As President Biden said He should Candidacy for re-election.
It comes on a trip where he plans to meet with administration officials — with plans to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris in D.C. on Friday.
Newsom met privately with First Lady Jill Biden, who is pictured at the White House congressional outing on Tuesday
President Joe Biden blasted a reporter who asked about a poll that said Democrats would favor another candidate in 2024
Newsom has had political scraps with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is considered a major challenger to former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
The trip came while President Biden was out of the country on a trip to Israel and Saudi Arabia and a day after Biden stormed out to a reporter who put up a New York Times/Sienna College poll that showed two-thirds of Democrats wanted someone else. party candidate.
“You guys are all the same,” he said, and asked the questioner to “read the polls, read the polls.” They want me to run.
He cited another poll question that shows 92 percent of Democrats would vote for him. The poll also showed that he had a narrow lead over former President Donald Trump.
Read the surveys. Read the polls, Jack. “You guys are all the same,” Biden said.
The reporter responded, “The majority of Democrats say they don’t want you to run in 2024.” Biden responded: “92 percent said if I did, they would vote for me.”
In the Independence Day announcement, Newsom went directly to DeSantis and the leaders of the national party.
In his proclamation, he said Republican leaders were “making it difficult to vote, restricting speech in classrooms, and even criminalizing women and doctors.”