DeSantis raises controversial issues, gets applause from supportive Moms for Liberty crowd

(As originally published with several embedded soundbites, Fri, July 15th 2022, 12:41 PM EDT)

TAMPA, Fla. (CBS12) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis repeated his takes on hot-button issues in front of supporters, Friday morning.

The governor — who’s running for reelection in November and is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2024 — discussed sex, education and parental rights at the Moms for Liberty “Joyful Warriors” National Summit in Tampa.

CBS12 News reported on the group, earlier this year, saying it has been “drawing in conservative parents nationwide” and “become a political juggernaut.”

This is much of what Gov. DeSantis told the group, in his own words.

“It is what the gladiators were awarded with after they had fought a long hard battle for freedom,” the governor was told as he was gifted a gladiator sword. “This is a representation from all of our moms here in Florida and across the country that appreciate all you’ve done to stand up for parental rights. Thank you, sir.”

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