Gavin Newsom Responds To Caitlyn Jenner’s 1st Campaign Ad, Says Recall Is About “The Core Values Of This State”

Gavin Newsom in 2018, also debuted a new ad, “Meet the Beast,” on Tuesday. That may not be the most-appealing moniker to end-times-minded California Christians, but the spot is a scathing attack on the incumbent (“We chose 'pretty' over 'accomplished'”) and makes heavy use of a snarling, growling bear. Not to be outdone, John Cox, who lost to Gov. Cox walks and stands alongside the animal, and the spot ends with the line, “Recall the beauty. Meet the nicest, smartest beast in California, John Cox.” Cox also made a campaign appearance on Tuesday alongside a 1,000-pound bear.
"Look, I’m focused on cleaning this state up, preparing for wildfire season," he said, before reconsidering and saying, "So perhaps you shouldn’t send me the video. Union leaders strongly endorsed the governor at the event. I'll take that 3 minutes and focus on the needs of [firefighters]." Newsom's press conference was held with members of the California Professional Firefighters union which represents more than 30,000 first responders. Newsom also characterized the recall as "a sideshow" and "a joke."
Newsom was asked directly what he thinks of Jenner as a candidate given the fact that his campaign is using her challenge in fundraising emails, but the governor sidestepped question.
That reference to a TV network is likely a shot at Fox News, which has covered the recall regularly will air candidate Jenner's first national TV interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday.
In the new three-minute spot, Jenner calls herself a “thoughtful disruptor," saying, “California is facing big hurdles. Now we need leaders, who are unafraid to lead to new heights, who are unafraid to challenge, and to change, the status quo.” The spot features images of her 1976 Olympic achievements.
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As California's recall election got into full swing on Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom obliquely addressed the release of the first campaign ad from Republican challenger Caitlyn Jenner.
Asked by a reporter if he had seen the spot Newsom responded, "I haven’t had a chance to look at it." He suggested to the reporter who posed the question, "You’ll have to send me the video." The governor then went on to list all of the things on his plate besides the recall.
Is it because they have the backs of Californians? "Learn more about the people behind this," Newsom urged. The governor then went on to paint the recall as an effort by the national Republican machine. Why is Newt Gingrich behind this? Why is there a whole [TV] network put their energy and attention to covering this? I think the majority of Californians support our agenda." Take a look at their agenda and contrast that with ours. "Why is the Republican National Committee behind this?
Instead, he went after recall proponents in general, saying they want "to attack the core values of this state." The recall election is "about the values of this state," said Newsom.

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