By Kyle Becker
California Governor Newsom is moving up the charts of potential Democratic candidates who may run for president in 2024, given the presumption that Biden does not run again.
“Not happening, no, no, not at all,” Newsom said to the Texas Tribune. “I’ve said it in French, Italian. I don’t know German. I mean, I cannot say it enough. But thank you. It’s humbling. It is sweet. It’s a nice thing to be asked. I mean it, and I never trust politicians, so I get why you keep asking.”
“California, I mean, what a gift,” he continued. “Forty million Americans strong. We talk about laboratories of democracy, and we’re able to scale ideas that have impact all across this country and around the world. I’m very proud of that privilege, and I don’t take it for granted one day.”
“I was almost recalled last year. They went after me hard. That’s sobering, and that wakes you up. How vulnerable, how fast this is, how people come and go, and you know, people cut you off,” he added.
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Political observers believe that Newsom would make a strong bid for president, despite surviving a recall election in California, and conditions in the state being so difficult there is a mass exodus out of the state.
If it can be believed that Newsom’s campaign run would be contingent on Biden’s decision, there is a cloud of uncertainty around that matter,as well.
In a “60 Minutes” interview last week, Biden fueled speculation that he may not run again.
BREAKING: Joe Biden Refuses to commit to 2024 run on 60 Minutes: “Look, my intention, as I said, to begin with is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.” pic.twitter.com/W5DhBCQ0i9
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 19, 2022
“Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” interviewer Scott Pelley asked.
“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have – requirements I have to change and move and do,” Biden responded, noting that election laws are playing into his reply.
“And it’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do,” he said.
“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision,” Pelley said in response. “I take it the decision has not been made in your own head.”
“Look, my intention, as I said, to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention,” Biden replied. “But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
Newsom allies are indicating that it is all but a done deal that the California governor will run in 2024 if Biden should retire after his presidential term.
“After this midterm election is over, he absolutely is going to announce that he is running for the presidency once Biden announces that he is not running,” a top California fundraiser with close ties to Newsom told TheWrap. “No ifs, ands, or buts. He will run if Biden does not.”
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Source: Becker News