California Governor Gavin Newsom defends President Biden’s age and rules out talk of running for 2024

California Governor Gavin Newsom ended speculation that he will challenge President Biden in the 2024 presidential race, saying Democrats should “leave behind” the issue of the octogenarian commander in chief’s age.

“President Biden is coming,” Newsom told NBC’s “Meet the Press” in a clip that aired Friday.

“I think in recent months there has been a lot of commotion and concern about this. But we are preparing for the campaign. “We are looking forward to it.”

Newsom, 55, said his advice to donors who are worried about the prospect of an 81-year-old Democratic incumbent next year is that “it’s time to move on.”

Asked if Vice President Kamala Harris, 58, is a capable replacement should Biden decide to resign, she also added: “It’s the Biden-Harris administration.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom dismissed rumors about a possible challenge to President Biden in 2024, saying Democrats “need to move past this notion that he’s not going to run.”
president biden“President Biden is going to run,” Newsom told NBC’s Chuck Todd on “Meet the Press” in a clip that aired Friday.POOL via CNP/startraksphoto.com

The Golden State governor sparked speculation about his own presidential bid earlier this year after appearing in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and challenging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to debate his state’s contrasting policies.

“Maybe I’m a little old-fashioned when it comes to presidents and vice presidents,” he continued. “I was lieutenant governor, so I’m a little subjective.”

Newsom touted his “extraordinarily close working relationship” with Harris during her tenure as San Francisco district attorney, California attorney general and U.S. senator.

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Vice President Kamala HarrisAsked if Vice President Kamala Harris is a capable replacement should Biden decide to resign, Newsom said: “It’s the Biden-Harris administration.”

“We knew each other before we were both in politics. The day I was sworn in as mayor, I walked across the street, she was sworn in as district attorney,” she said.

“So you can’t imagine having to compete with each other?” host Chuck Todd asked.

“Of course not. By definition, that won’t happen,” Newsom responded. “But I’ve said it a thousand times. Privately we still have a very good relationship.”

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris“So you can’t imagine having to compete against each other,” Todd asked Newsom, raising the question of a possible challenge to the Biden-Harris administration.AFP via Getty Images

“Doesn’t it bother you that you’re going to debate Ron DeSantis?” Todd pressed.

“Apparently someone in his office is because I read some off-the-record quotes,” Newsom said. “I wish I knew who he was. But I don’t hear it from her, and I certainly don’t hear it from the White House itself.”

DeSantis, 44, agreed last month to verbally spar with Newsom about his leadership in their respective states.

California Governor Gavin NewsomDeSantis agreed last month to verbally spar with Newsom about his leadership in their respective states. NBC News

“Florida has been the number one state in net immigration. “We have the number one economy, number one now in education, the crime rate is at its lowest level in 50 years,” the Florida governor told Fox News in August.

“But in another sense, this is the debate about the future of our country, because there are people like Joe Biden. [who] “I would love to see the Californication of the United States.”

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DeSantis also hinted during his interview that Newsom and Harris were eyeing the Oval Office.

A Wall Street Journal poll this week shows that 73% of registered voters (and two-thirds of Democrats) believe Biden is too old to serve a second term.

Vice President Kamala Harris“We knew each other before we were both in politics. The day I was sworn in as mayor, I walked across the street, she was sworn in as district attorney,” Newsom said of Harris.via REUTERS

The president is also trailing nearly all Republican candidates in the general election except businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, according to a CNN poll of American adults. He is tied with DeSantis.

The Florida governor is a distant second behind GOP front-runner and former President Donald Trump, 77, who leads the field with 52.7% support, according to the RealClearPolitics poll average. Only 14.2% are in favor of DeSantis.

The Newsom-DeSantis debate is expected to take place in November in an electoral battleground state like Nevada, Georgia or North Carolina, an aide to the governor of California told Politico in August.

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