Adam Putnam pushes ‘Florida First’ message in new ad

Adam Putnam God's County ad

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is out with a new TV spot, pushing his “Florida First” message as the GOP primary race for Governor nears a close.

The 30-second ad, titled “God’s Country,” features several iconic images of the state as Putnam narrates what he views as the strengths of the state.

“In Florida, anything is possible,” Putnam begins.

“We launched a man to the moon. Our beaches bring the world to our doorstep and our farms feed the nation. The sunshine is bright in Florida because this is God’s country.”

Putnam then pivots to his vision for Florida under his leadership.

“Together we’ll make Florida the launchpad for the American Dream, cutting taxes and keeping government out of our way; ensuring our kids are career-ready; and attracting new industries. For me, it will always be Florida First.”

Putnam’s positioning as the “Florida First” candidate is a subtle jab at his opponent for the Republican nomination, U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis. The congressman has taken hits for focusing too much on national issues during the campaign.

That focus coincides with an endorsement from and strong defense of President Donald Trump.

Trump’s endorsement preceded a shift in the race according to the polling. Whereas Putnam led in many pre-endorsement polls, DeSantis has been ahead in more recent surveys.

Putnam has also seen a slowdown in funding to his campaign. Between July 28 and Aug. 3, DeSantis earned more than $1 million, while Putnam brought in just over $191,000.

The Florida primaries will be held Aug. 28.

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected].


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