While Republicans are speculating who of the rising excellent prospects would be Trump’s running mate if he decides to run, or his running mate if he decides not to run, Democrat speculation has focused on incumbent Vice President Joe Biden and a few of other candidates. If re-elected, Biden would be 82 years old at the beginning of his second term, making him by far the oldest executive to begin a four-year tenure in the Oval Office, prompting some to consider younger candidates.
One of these candidates is the governor of California, Gavin Newsome. Newsom is regarded as one of Biden’s most likely primary opponents in 2024. The relatively young progressive Democrat has demonstrated a propensity to comment on national issues, frequently targeting Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis.
Newsome had even challenged DeSantis to a debate prior to the midterm elections by tweeting, ” I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring the hairspray. Name the time before Election Day.”
The tweet was in response to DeSantis’ calling for the Department of Justice to investigate Newsome’s immigration tactics. “So the governor of California sent a letter to the Department of Justice saying, ‘You need to prosecute Texas and Florida governors,’” DeSantis said. “And all I say is, I think his hair gel is interfering with his brain function.”
DeSantis and fellow Governor Greg Abbot of Texas has sent illegal migrants that were sent to there states against their requests to self-proclaimed “sanctuary cities” and “sanctuary states” who had offered to receive such illegals.
Biden has hinted he will seek for re-election in 2024, but he has not yet made his candidacy public. Newsome has already disclosed his intentions.
According to Politico, California Gov. Newsom has informed the White House that he will not run a primary campaign against President Joe Biden in 2024. As a result, Biden will not face a Democratic primary challenge from Newsom. Newsom ruled out the prospect during an election night chat with Jonathan Martin of Politico.
“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” said Newsom of his interactions with the Biden administration. The progressive governor asserted to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain that he would endorse Biden in 2024.
“I’m all in, count me in,” Newsom said of Biden’s re-election, adding that he had told Biden the same thing. This month, Newsom reaffirmed his commitment to Biden in a phone conversation following his reelection.
Despite their misgivings, Newsom described himself as a devoted Democrat, expressing his unhappiness that Biden associates had recognized him as a potential threat to the president. “It’s frustrating because I have so much reverence and respect for not only the president, but the vice president is an old friend. For all of those interesting things you guys all love to write about, we’ve known each other for 25 years,” he said.
As Newsom was regarded a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2024, his absence diminishes the likelihood of a primary challenge to Biden from within the Democratic Party.
According to Martin, Newsom, who has served as California’s governor since 2019, was less willing to rule out a future presidential run in 2028. As California’s governor, Newsom has presided over a historically unparalleled surge of outward migration and a homelessness issue that has substantially grown throughout his time, and he is a staunch leftist.
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Current President Joe Biden has emphatically stated that he will run, and with Newsome’s removing himself from the speculation about opposing candidates within the Democratic Party, there does not seem to be a front runner who would challenge the president going into his second term, Western Journal reports. CONTINUE READING…