Caitlyn Jenner launches bid for California governor with new campaign ad

The reality TV star and Olympic gold medalist is poised to become the most high-profile Republican on the ballot this year -- and the most prominent trans woman to ever run for political office.
2:27 | 05/04/21

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Transcript for Caitlyn Jenner launches bid for California governor with new campaign ad
We get the latest on Caitlyn Jenner launching her bid for governor of California with a brand-new ad. She is giving ABC a first look as she comes under fire for a recent statement about transgender female athletes in school sports and Jon Karl has the story. Good morning, Jon. Reporter: Good morning. With a recall election now all but certain in California, Caitlyn Jenner is poised to be the most prominent Republican on the ballot anywhere in the country this year and the most high profile trans woman ever to run for political office. California needs a disrupter. A compassionate disrupter. Reporter: This morning, reality TV star, gold medalist and activist Caitlyn Jenner is kicking off her bid for governor of California. Debuting her first campaign ad exclusively to ABC news. California's facing big hurdles. Now we need leaders who are unafraid to lead to new heights. He wants the world record. Unafraid to challenge and change the status quo. Reporter: Before coming out as a trans woman in 2015, Jenner first found fame setting the world record in the decathlon but running as a Republican to replace Gavin Newsom might be the most difficult competition Jenner has ever faced. I don't care if you're a Republican, Democrat, I'm running to be governor for all californians. Reporter: 2017 she told Diane sawyer that even though her views on transgender issues didn't line up with the GOP platform, she was a loyal Republican to a point. You mess with my community, you don't give us equality and a fair shot, I'm coming after you. Reporter: Day into her campaign she is now being accused of betraying the transgender community. Over the weekend she seemed to side with a recent republican-led wave of legislation to limit transgender rights in at least 31 states telling TMZ she supports barring trans female athletes from girls' sports in schools. This is a question of fairness. That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school. It just isn't fair. Reporter: For any Republican running for governor of California is a long shot, but the last Republican to get

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