Trump-aligned PAC launches attack ads against DeSantis over Medicare and Social Security

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FILE – President Donald Trump shakes hands with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he arrives at Tyndall Air Force Base to view damage from Hurricane Michael, and attend a political rally, May 8, 2019, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Evan Vucci/AP

Trump-aligned PAC launches attack ads against DeSantis over Medicare and Social Security

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A super PAC aligned with former President Donald Trump is pouring more than a million dollars into an ad campaign attacking Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) over his position on Social Security and Medicare, seeking to paint the Florida Republican as an “establishment insider.”

MAGA Inc. spent more than $1.3 million on the ad campaign, which is set to air on Fox News, CNN, and Newsmax over the next week beginning on Friday. The ads hit DeSantis over his voting record when he was in Congress, specifically on measures related to the two welfare programs.

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“Think you know Ron DeSantis? Think again,” a narrator says in the ad. “In Congress, DeSantis voted three separate times to cut Social Security.”

“The more you learn about DeSantis, the more you see he doesn’t share our values,” it continues. “He’s not ready to be president.”

The ad hints at a major policy matter Trump plans to focus on during his 2024 campaign, which has become somewhat of a flashpoint debate on Capitol Hill as President Joe Biden and Republicans spar over Social Security and Medicare benefits as they negotiate budget cuts.

DeSantis has been hit with attacks on his voting record before, with Republican opponent Adam Putnam attacking him over his voting record in 2018 when the two ran against each other for Florida governor.

The ad buy from MAGA Inc. is also significant because it targets DeSantis before the Florida governor has even launched a presidential campaign. Although DeSantis has not announced whether he plans to run for president, he is widely expected to in the coming weeks.

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The ads also come just one day after it was announced Trump was indicted by a grand jury in Manhattan, New York, on charges related to a hush money case from his first presidential campaign in 2016. The indictment marks the first time a former president has been hit with criminal charges.

However, Trump has indicated he does not plan to slow down his presidential bid amid the charges, telling reporters earlier this month he “wouldn’t even think about leaving” the race.

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