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Ron DeSantis Defends Decision to Announce Campaign On Twitter Spaces In Erick Erickson Interview

“We…felt like there would be a lot of buzz about it, and I think there has been. I think it was probably the biggest story in the world yesterday.”

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Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) has defended the decision to announce his 2024 Republican presidential campaign on a non-traditional platform like Twitter Spaces after things got off to a rocky start yesterday.

In an interview with radio host Erick Erickson, DeSantis claimed he wanted to do something different than the traditional in-person announcement in his home state, and take the message to where those most interested in his statements were.

“I think at the end of the day, there will be time to do a lot of those speeches and we’ve done a lot of speeches in front of a lot of people and we’ll have time to do more,” DeSantis admitted. “We thought doing something with Elon — given his notoriety and cachet — and then given the fact that Twitter is now viewed as the place where you can speak your mind as opposed to a lot of these other places that it was an interesting opportunity.

“I had never done one of these Twitter Spaces before. I don’t even have Twitter myself, but the accounts we do are manage by our folks, so I wasn’t even sure how it worked. Twitter said they were locked and ready to go, but they just had so many people that swarmed it that it basically melted the system,” continued DeSantis. “They were able to get that worked out. It was an interesting format. I think that these things live on, so that recording is, I guess, available.”

DeSantis then said the schedule would obviously allow for more traditional campaign rally stops throughout the primary season, but the said the chance to do something on a platform like Twitter was too good to pass up.

“We will be doing a bunch of rallies. We’ll be doing all of that. I think it was a unique opportunity, and I was glad we did it. I definitely think we got more buzz and I think we got more interest as a result. Obviously, I know, as someone who’s an elected official, that most Republican primary voters — even a small percentage — probably aren’t on Twitter, there’s a very small portion that actually are on Twitter.

“We understood that but felt like there would be a lot of buzz about it, and I think there has been. I think it was probably the biggest story in the world yesterday. So, hopefully, we’ll get some people interested in our campaign who may not have been otherwise.

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Keith Olbermann: Tucker Carlson Live Tour ‘Not a Good Business Model’

“Pay money to see Tucker Carlson live when you could see him talk endlessly on Twitter for hours on end for free?”

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Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson announced a nationwide tour of live shows in the run-up to the 2024 presidential election earlier this month. Keith Olbermann has one question about the venture: why?

During his Countdown podcast, Olbermann shared his belief that the endeavor from Carlson was a puzzling one.

“Pay money to see Tucker Carlson live when you could see him talk endlessly on Twitter for hours on end for free? It’s not a good business model,” said Olbermann. “Actually, it turns out to not be any kind of business model.”

He then shared a news report from Australia where Carlson will host a similar tour after being invited by United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer as a featured guest. Tickets to see Carlson were as much as $200 to hear both men speak.

However, ticket sales were not off to a rousing success, with prices being dropped and one Australian newspaper claiming hundreds of tickets were still available in the 9,000-seat ICC Sydney Theatre.

Keith Olbermann believes there’s a specific reason Tucker Carlson is failing to sell tickets in Australia, and posited about what that could mean for his American tour.

“Why has Tucker live failed? Well, for one thing, he started as a manipulative, dishonest fascist and that was when I worked with him 20 years ago,” said Olbermann, “but he’s gone bad since then. He’s now approaching full-on psychosis.

“The other thing I forgot to mention? The special guest on the Tour de Tucker? Dinesh D’Souza will be there. Come on, give it up for Dinesh D’Souza. ‘Come on out, Dinesh and lie to the people.'”

Currently, Tucker Carlson has 10 scheduled tour dates around the United States in September in cities like Phoenix, Anaheim, Milwaukee, and Kansas City, among others. He’ll be joined by special guests like Alex Jones, Vivek Ramaswamy, Megyn Kelly, Charlie Kirk, and Donald Trump Jr. at individual stops.

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Erick Erickson: CNN Deserves Credit for Granting Others Access to Debate

ABC News, PBS, and Fox News have all been announced as partners for the first debate that will be held on Thursday, June 27th.

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Several announcements this week have revealed simulcast partners for the first presidential debate produced by CNN. Erick Erickson believes in giving credit where it’s due.

ABC News, PBS, and Fox News have all been announced as partners for the first debate that will be held on Thursday, June 27th. Additionally, Fox News struck a deal to broadcast the debate for affiliates on Fox News Radio, and also on the FOX broadcast network.

In a post to X, Erick Erickson — a former CNN contributor — shared that he believes the network deserves kudos for being willing to work with other networks to make the broadcast more accessible.

“CNN deserves a lot of credit for letting every network access and broadcast their debate,” the host shared.

A report from The Los Angeles Times claims that in addition to ABC News, PBS, and Fox News joining as simulcast partners, CNN has also struck deals with MSNBC, NBC News, NewsNation, Newsmax, Scripps News, and Telemundo have also joined to televise the 90-minute event. However, those networks have yet to announce their plans.

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Bill Spadea Continuing to Host on New Jersey 101.5 During Governor Run Questioned by NJ Election Commission

“I’ve got news for everyone. We’re digging in. We’re ready to fight. We’re not going anywhere.”

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Earlier this week, New Jersey 101.5 morning host Bill Spadea announced plans to run for governor of the Garden State. He plans to continue hosting his program during the campaign, but now a state election commission will decide if he’s violating any statutes.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission is investigating whether or not Spadea’s current plan — to not officially file his candidacy until the deadline to ensure he can continue hosting his morning show — violates any laws. By not registering as a candidate until the last moment, Sapdea would not — theoretically — be in violation of equal-time regulations for political advertising and candidates.

The commission informed Spadea and Townsquare Media of a hearing on Wednesday, June 26th, that will examine whether or not he and the broadcaster are in violation of the in-kind contribution limits, which are set at $5,800.

 “Leave it to the Trenton Swamp to come after the first middle-class threat to their fiefdom in decades. My opponents and their power broker pals are coming after me for one reason: they’re scared of what I stand for,” Spadea said in a statement. “The insiders are scared that when I win, the people of New Jersey will regain power – and they’ll lose theirs. I’ve got news for everyone. We’re digging in. We’re ready to fight. We’re not going anywhere.”

Townsquare Media has maintained that until Bill Spadea becomes a “legally qualified candidate” for the governor’s race, he will “continue to fulfill his employment responsibilities” on New Jersey 101.5.

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