Newsom releases attack ad on DeSantis and Florida's abortion ban

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento on Feb. 27.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a news conference in Sacramento earlier this year. (Associated Press)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released an ad Sunday attacking Florida's six-week abortion ban as he and Gov. Ron DeSantis get set for a televised debate at the end of the month.

The ad, called "Wanted," lays the abortion restriction on DeSantis, who in April signed into law the "Heartbeat Protection Act" prohibiting abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. DeSantis is also a Republican candidate for president.

The ad was set to run in Florida and Washington, D.C., television markets on NFL Sunday Night Football, as well as on Sean Hannity's Fox News show on days leading up to the governors' debate on Nov. 30. Hannity will moderate the 90-minute debate in Georgia, which will be broadcast on Fox News.

In the ad, which looks like a wanted poster, Newsom intones: "By order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, any woman who has an abortion after six weeks and any doctor who gives her care will be guilty of a felony. Abortion after six weeks will be punishable by up to five years in prison. Even though many women don’t even know they’re pregnant at six weeks. That’s not freedom. That’s Ron DeSantis’ Florida."

The debate will come in the midst of a contentious Republican presidential contest, offering an odd sideshow in an already unusual political season dominated by former President Trump’s campaign to return to the White House while fighting criminal charges in Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., and Georgia.

Newsom posted his ad on X, formerly known as Twitter, where DeSantis has posted a video criticizing California and promoting Florida.

“Decline is a choice and success is attainable,” DeSantis said in a tweet accompanying the video. “As President, I will lead America’s revival. I look forward to the opportunity to debate Gavin Newsom over our very different visions for the future of our country.”

DeSantis will also appear at the next Republican presidential primary debate on Dec. 6.

Times staff writer Taryn Luna contributed to this report.

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