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.
They sent Kamala to the World Trade Center memorial instead of Biden
They're doing it in plain sight pic.twitter.com/64FWlUYP0y
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) September 11, 2023
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.
This a new level of pandering. Kamala Harris held the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop in her backyard but I think all those niggas forgot she locked most of them up 20 years ago for smoking weed. pic.twitter.com/JFCJockkzW
— Dom Lucre | Breaker of Narratives (@dom_lucre) September 10, 2023
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.