California’s Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom announced in an interview with Politico that he is “all in” on supporting Joe Biden’s reelection as president in 2024. The news comes after massive speculation of Biden possibly getting a challenger from Newsom in 2024, as the California governor has heightened his profile by picking fights with conservative heavyweights such as Florida’s GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis. Now that Newsom has bowed out, it clears the field some more from strong challenges to Biden as the 80-year-old politician mulls another run to keep his place in the White House.
Fox News reports:
In an interview with Politico, Newsom sought to tamp down speculation that he may run for the Democratic nomination after what the outlet said was “considerable” irritation from the White House at rumors he was plotting a run to oust Biden.
“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” he said, saying his message is “I’m all in, count me in” on Biden’s re-election bid.
Talk of a potential Newsom 2024 bid had fired up in recent months amid growing concern from Democrats about Biden’s health, age and low approval ratings. Fears about how Biden would fare in a 2024 fight against former President Donald Trump, or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, had led some Democrats to begin looking for a potential replacement, and Newsom’s name had been floated as a possible option.
That concern has likely dissipated somewhat after a stronger-than-expected performance by Democrats in the November midterms, where Democratic fears of a Republican “red wave” did not come to fruition. Democrats have kept hold of the Senate, and while they lost control of the House, Republicans will only gain a slim majority. As a result, Biden’s position appears stronger than it did in the summer.
Biden said during a recent press conference that he has every intention of running for president in 2024.