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How Ron DeSantis emerged as a 2024 frontrunner

CNN, 08 Apr 2021
A recent “60 Minutes” report that detailed Florida’s vaccine rollout and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ role in it, but the network landed in some hot water after several Democratic lawmakers pushed back on its reporting that Publix, a grocery store that had partnered with the state to distribute vaccines, had donated $100,000 to Gov. Ron DeSantis' 2022 reelection campaign. In this latest episode of The Point, CNN’s Chris Cillizza explains how DeSantis is using the “60 Minutes” drama to appeal to his Republican base.

SOURCES AND FURTHER READING:

'60 Minutes' faces backlash from Democrats and Publix for critical story on Florida's vaccine rollout
https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/05/media/60-minutes-gov-ron-desantis-publix/index.html

Ron DeSantis slams ’60 Minutes’ hit as ‘smear’ driven by ‘malicious intent’
https://floridapolitics.com/archives/417474-60-minute-smear/

How Ron DeSantis became the hottest name in the 2024 race
https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/04/politics/ron-desantis-2024-florida/index.html

Trump endorsement lifts Ron DeSantis to GOP governor nomination
https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/trump-endorsement-lifts-ron-desantis-gop-governor-nomination/VP5CaeTgguMYU99mPBsaFI/

How 2 Trump-loving governors are struggling amid the coronavirus crisis
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/02/politics/brian-kemp-ron-desantis-donald-trump-coronavirus/index.html

Florida teachers sue as DeSantis distances himself from school openings
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/07/20/florida-teachers-sue-as-desantis-distances-himself-from-school-openings-1302355

‘You only care if it’s people you don’t like:’ DeSantis jabs media over Super Bowl virus coverage
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/florida/2021/02/10/you-only-care-if-its-people-you-dont-like-desantis-jabs-media-over-super-bowl-virus-coverage/

Tracking Covid-19 cases in the US
https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2020/health/coronavirus-us-maps-and-cases/

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