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Gov. Ron DeSantis will hold a town hall in the Villages that will be broadcast on Newsmax at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The conservative network announced the exclusive town hall, titled “Leading to Liberty,” on Monday. slating it for 6 p.m. The event will also include former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith, who co-host the network’s Spicer and Co. program.
“Gov. DeSantis has proved his resolve and confounded his skeptics over the past year, leading his state to excellence in fostering a thriving economy, rolling out the COVID vaccine, and guarding religious liberty,” Spicer said. “This town hall will give Newsmax viewers deeper insight into the reasons why DeSantis is a true governor of the people.”
It’s unclear what the substance of the town hall will be or whether there will be any ideological diversity among the attendees.
The framing of the announcement plays into the DeSantis administration’s narrative that Florida has been leading the way in both responding to and recovering from the pandemic.
“The event at The Villages, a sprawling retirement community, will feature discussions with a live studio audience of American voters, an interview with the strong defender of individual liberties, and a focus on how the Sunshine State has set a national standard for navigating the COVID pandemic,” Newsmax said.
— 2,229,567 FL residents (+2,264 since Sunday)
— 42,535 Non-FL residents (+32 since Sunday)
— 17,887 Travel related
— 891,658 Contact with a confirmed case
— 24,252 Both
— 1,295,770 Under investigation
— 92,125 in FL
— 36,498 in FL
— 15,764,313 Doses administered
— 9,311,399 Total people vaccinated
— 2,223,344 First dose
— 635,141 Completed one-dose series (+15,031 since Sunday)
— 6,452,914 Completed two-dose series (+51,956 since Sunday)
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