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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis'60 Minutes' defends segment on Florida's vaccine rollout amid criticism DeSantis rips 'smear merchants' in media following '60 Minutes' segment White House rules out involvement in 'vaccine passports' MORE is bolstering his position as a potential leading 2024 Republican presidential contender amid a high-profile battle with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
The newsmagazine received widespread backlash from Republicans and some Democrats after it aired a piece Sunday alleging that DeSantis funneled COVID-19 vaccines to affluent Florida communities and privatized the vaccine rollout to benefit donors.
DeSantis vehemently denied any wrongdoing in the vaccine rollout, calling the claim “a fake narrative,” but his insiders are relishing the fight with “60 Minutes,” which has long been a target of the right. They say the fallout over the report will likely help bolster the governor’s profile as he is increasingly seen as an heir apparent to former President TrumpDonald TrumpYelp creates tool to help support Asian-owned businesses Iran espionage-linked ship attacked at sea Biden exceeds expectations on vaccines — so far MORE.
“He’s making immense political capital because he was a target of a journalistic hit job,” said former Trump administration official Alexei Woltornist. “Not only did he catch them, he exposed them.”
DeSantis doubled down on his criticism of the piece at a news conference Tuesday, calling the segment “horse manure.”
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