Newsom, DeSantis both claim ‘freedom’ as election mandates


              FILE — Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis takes to the stage to debate his Democratic opponent Charlie Crist in Fort Pierce, Fla., on Oct. 24, 2022. Both DeSantis a Republican and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (Crystal Vander Weit/TCPalm.com via AP, Pool, File)
            
              California Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022, that he will call a special session of the state Legislature on Dec. 5, to pass a new tax on oil companies in response to high gas prices, while talking to reporters in Sacramento, Calif. Both Newsom, a Democrat and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
            
              FILE — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, receives a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine booster shot from California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly at Asian Health Services in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 27, 2021. Both Newsom, a Democrat and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
            
              FILE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis prepares to speak at a press conference at a COVID-19 vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla., on Feb. 3, 2021. Both DeSantis a Republican and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
            
              FILE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media at a coronavirus vaccination site at Lakewood Ranch on Feb. 17, 2021, in Bradenton, Fla. Both DeSantis a Republican and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
            
              FILE — California Gov. Gavin Newsom watches as LVN Cari Elkins administers a COVID-19 vaccination at a drive-thru vaccination center at Natomas High School on Feb. 11, 2021, in Sacramento, Calif. On Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, Both Newsom, a Democrat and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)
            
              FILE - California Gov. Gavin Newsom displays a bill he just signed that shields abortion providers and volunteers in California from civil judgements from out-of-state courts during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on June 24, 2022. Both Newsom, a Democrat and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
            
              FILE — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis greets supporters during a rally at Freedom Park in the Solivita retirement community in Poinciana, Fla., on Nov. 3, 2022. Both DeSantis a Republican and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP, File)
            
              FILE — California Gov. Gavin Newsom, right, takes selfies with supporters at a vote YES on Proposition 1 rally at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 6, 2022. Both Newsom, a Democrat and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis a Republican said their reelection victories were in part because of their commitment to freedom. But the governors have vastly different definitions of what freedom means. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
Newsom, DeSantis both claim ‘freedom’ as election mandates