Newsom Puts 2024 Presidential Ambitions to Rest, Backs Biden and Harris

California Governor Gavin Newsom put an end to the swirling rumors about his potential run for the presidency in 2024.

In a recent interview with NBC News, Newsom firmly dismissed the speculation, expressing his full support for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

Newsom’s statement came amid growing concerns about Biden’s age and declining popularity among Democrats.

A recent Wall Street Journal poll revealed 75% of voters believe Biden, who at 80 is the oldest president in U.S. history, is too old to be president. Similarly, a CNN poll found 75% of Democratic and left-leaning voters do not wish to see Biden run for another term.

Despite these concerns, Newsom remains steadfast in his support for the current administration. He emphasized the need to move past the notion that Biden will not run for re-election, stating, “President Biden is going to run, and [I’m] looking forward to getting him reelected.”

Newsom’s dismissal of a potential presidential run also extends to his relationship with top Democratic donors. His recent calls to these donors sparked speculation that he was considering a primary challenge to the president. However, Newsom clarified his message to the donors was to move on and rally behind Biden.

Newsom’s political career has been closely intertwined with that of Vice President Kamala Harris. Both rose to prominence in San Francisco, where they won offices that launched their careers.

Newsom served as San Francisco’s mayor, while Harris was its district attorney. Despite being seen as potential rivals for higher office, they have managed to endorse one another without competing against each other.

In 2015, when Senator Barbara Boxer decided to retire, both Newsom and Harris were eyeing her Senate seat.

However, Newsom deferred to Harris and chose to run for governor instead. Harris won the Senate seat and later campaigned for Newsom during his gubernatorial race. She also supported him in 2021 when he faced a recall election.

Newsom’s decision not to run for president in 2024 is significant given his political stature. As the governor of California, the largest state in the U.S. with a GDP of $3.6 trillion, Newsom has been a prominent figure in Democratic politics.

He championed policies that appeal to Democrats, including new federal gun controls, an ambitious climate agenda, and access to abortions.