DeSantis to venture into belly of liberal media beast in exclusive sit-down with CNN’s Jake Tapper

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is set to venture into the belly of the left-wing media beast when he will sit down for an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper as he looks to close the gap on former Donald J. Trump who is currently the frontrunner in the race for the 2024 GOP nomination.

DeSantis has wisely chosen to avoid hostile regime-friendly media outlets but will need to make his case to the American people if he hopes to wrangle his party away from Trump and appeal to the moderates and swing voters who will be critical to his chances of toppling Joe Biden or California Governor Gavin Newsom who is waiting in the weeds if the octogenarian White House occupant drops out of the running.

Tapper announced that he’d scored the one-on-one with the rising Republican star as he was wrapping up yet another interview with former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has been a cable news fixture, on Sunday morning’s edition of CNN’s “State of the Union,” inviting viewers to tune in on Tuesday for his chat with a man who like Trump, has been savagely criticized by the network.

(Video: CNN)

“There are people within the media who are still seeking the truth; we will engage with them. And we look forward to getting our message out there to the American people,” DeSantis campaign spokesman Bryan Griffin told the New York Post regarding the governor’s interview with Tapper.

“The corporate media has gotten a lot wrong, and many outlets have an agenda. Therefore, we don’t consider them entitled to time or access,” he said. “Nonetheless there are many good journalists and truth-seeking reporters, including in mainstream media outlets, and we will work with them on our terms. That’s always been the plan.”

Other Republican candidates who have recently appeared on the network include former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Christie, who have all been featured in the town hall format Q & A sessions that CNN has popularized.

And of course, there was former President Donald J. Trump whose own May town hall in the key early voting state of New Hampshire backfired in front of a lively audience that was friendly to the former POTUS who proceeded to humiliate new primetime star anchor and “nasty person” Kaitlan Collins, setting off an internal mutiny at CNN that ultimately played a part in costing now-former CEO Chris Licht his job.

“We don’t do anything just because everybody else does it. But we’re open to a wide range of media options, and if the relationship can get to a point where we feel like it would be worth our time, we’ll do it,” Griffin told the New York Post on a potential CNN town hall for the governor.

DeSantis is currently trailing Trump by over 30 percent among Republican primary voters according to RealClearPolitics’ aggregate polling but it’s important to note that it’s a long time until the primaries and things could dramatically change between now and next February.

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