Caitlyn Jenner held her first information convention Friday as a Republican candidate for California governor, 77 days after asserting she was getting into a recall election that would take away first-term Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Assembly with reporters for just below quarter-hour, Jenner mentioned she is a severe candidate within the Sept. 14 election and asserted she is main the sphere of Republican candidates, although no unbiased polling has been performed that exhibits that.
“I am right here to win it,” she mentioned.
Jenner, who received the Olympic decathlon in 1976 and a long time later turned a actuality TV character and got here out as a transgender lady, mentioned she is best recognized than another GOP candidate and even Newsom, who has been in workplace greater than two years.
“I’ve an amazing benefit, clearly, due to title recognition,” she mentioned. “To be sincere with you, I have been in a variety of races in my life, and I understand how to win. I simply preserving working exhausting.”
Jenner mentioned she would spend the ultimate month of the marketing campaign on a bus tour of the state. She additionally mentioned she would launch her tax returns subsequent week.
After an preliminary burst of publicity when she introduced her candidacy on April 23, Jenner has light from the marketing campaign highlight whereas different GOP candidates have sought to lift their profiles. They embody San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and businessman John Cox, who was defeated by Newsom in 2018.
State Assemblyman Kevin Kiley entered the race final week, and conservative radio host Larry Elder is contemplating a run.
The 71-year-old Jenner has anchored her marketing campaign to televised media interviews, which have included embarrassing stumbles that highlighted her inexperience, together with just lately acknowledging she wasn’t deeply versed in Newsom’s newest price range.
Jenner’s temporary look earlier than reporters was devoid of any detailed coverage dialogue. Jenner steered constructing desalination vegetation to provide extra water for the drought-ridden state however supplied no specifics about when or the place such vegetation might be constructed.
Her candidacy has introduced a hostile response from some members and teams throughout the LGBTQ neighborhood, which incessantly cited her ties to former President Donald Trump.
Jenner supported Trump in 2016 however later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender folks’s entry to public college bogs. She additionally break up with Trump after he mentioned transgender folks wouldn’t be allowed to serve within the U.S. army.
She mentioned Friday that she doesn’t need Trump’s endorsement.