California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), dispelling hypothesis he plans to run for president in 2024, stated he would assist Joe Biden’s reelection to a second time period.
Newsom, who faces his personal reelection subsequent week, has spent more time supporting other Democratic priorities and candidates than on his own campaign. Nonetheless, he informed “CBS Night Information” he has “no curiosity” in changing into president.
Requested how he could be so assured in declaring he’s not working in 2024, Newsom replied: “As a result of it’s not my ambition, and it’s not the course that I’m leaning into. It’s not the second.”
Newsom touted Biden’s successes as “outstanding,” given the nation’s challenges, and stated he’ll assist the president if he runs in 2024.
He additionally provided a blunt evaluation of what he sees as his social gathering’s largest weak point forward of subsequent week’s midterms.
“We’re getting crushed on narrative,” he stated. “We’re going to must do higher by way of getting on the offense and cease being on the rattling protection.”
Newsom stated he fears a Republican “pink wave,” with polls showing the GOP successful management of the Home and presumably the Senate. The specter of Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) rising to the publish of speaker, he added, “scares the hell out of me” due to his “aiding and abetting functionally authoritarian leaders throughout his social gathering.”
Newsom championed Democratic causes over the summer season with assaults on leaders of GOP states. On the Fourth of July weekend, he aired a campaign ad in Florida calling out the GOP’s legislative actions in “banning books, making it more durable to vote, proscribing speech in school rooms, even criminalizing girls and medical doctors.”
“Freedom is below assault in your state,” Newsom stated within the advert, urging Floridians to maneuver to California.
Newsom additionally purchased full-page ads in Texas newspapers modifying an announcement by Gov. Greg Abbott to focus consideration on California’s gun safety bill, modeled after Texas’ six-week abortion ban.
Newsom, who survived a California recall election final 12 months, has additionally been fundraising and spending money to prop up Democratic candidates in gubernatorial and Home races.
Newsom is projected to win his reelection race towards Republican Brian Dahle by over 20 share factors, according to polling aggregation site FiveThirtyEight.