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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally with his eyes on the White House, is dialing up a dispute with "60 Minutes" — seizing on a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media.

Why it matters: It's a political gift akin to all the Fox fodder that Sen. Tom Cotton gobbled up after the N.Y. Times revolt over his op-ed.

What's happening: "60 Minutes" on Sunday drew a connection between a Florida vaccine partnership with Publix grocery stores, and a $100,000 contribution to DeSantis' PAC.

  • DeSantis and Publix say they're unrelated — as do Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, both of whom are Democrats.
  • "60 Minutes" showed CBS' Sharyn Alfonsi confronting DeSantis at a news conference. He claims that his answer was edited deceptively.

On Fox News last night, Tucker Carlson said as he welcomed the governor: "I was just thinking the other day, all these people moving to Florida, they're probably going to try to take out DeSantis soon. Didn't take them long, did it?"

  • 'They don't believe in facts," DeSantis said. "It was done with malicious intent and a reckless disregard for the truth."

A CBS News spokesman told Axios that "60 Minutes" asked DeSantis twice for an interview: "As we always do for clarity, '60 Minutes' used the portion of the Governor's over 2-minute response that directly addressed the question from the correspondent."

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Updated Apr 5, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Florida governor clashes with "60 Minutes" over COVID vaccine rollout

A screenshot from "60 Minutes" of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: CBS

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced a COVID-19 vaccine distribution partnership with Publix grocery stores weeks after the company gave $100,000 to his PAC, CBS' "60 Minutes" reported Sunday, citing campaign finance records. DeSantis and Publix deny any wrongdoing.

Why it matters: DeSantis has been criticized for directing vaccines toward wealthy communities, with some who benefitted from the vaccine pop-ups also donating to the governor's political action committee, per Axios' Tampa Bay reporter Ben Montgomery.

Florida takes measures to avoid a "catastrophic flood" at wastewater pond near Tampa

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Crews are working to prevent "a real catastrophic flood situation" and are evacuating people out of harm's way, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said during a press conference Sunday, the AP reports.

Why it matters: DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Saturday due to a leak at a wastewater pond in the Tampa area.

Super typhoon Surigae explodes to Cat. 5 intensity

Super Typhoon Surigae seen on satellite imagery Saturday morning east of the Philippines. (CIRA/RAMMB)

Super Typhoon Surigae surged in intensity from a Category 1 storm on Friday to a beastly Category 5 monster on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds estimated at 190 mph with higher gusts.

Why it matters: This storm — known as Typhoon Bising in the Philippines — is just the latest of many tropical cyclones to undergo a process known as rapid intensification, a feat that studies show is becoming more common due to climate change. It weakened slightly, to the equivalent of a strong Category 4 storm, on Sunday.