According to Elex Michaelson, Fox 11 KTTV Los Angeles anchor and host of The Issue Is:, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has reassured Vice President Kamala Harris, White House chief of staff Ron Klain, and Dr. Jill Biden that he is not planning on challenging President Joe Biden for the presidency in 2024.
Michaelson said that Newsom’s team told him off the record that the California governor and Biden are close. “Talking to his team off the record, it seems like he and Biden are close,” Michaelson said. This assurance from Newsom comes as many speculate that he may mount a presidential bid in four years time.
Newsom has been widely speculated as a potential challenger to Biden in 2024, but it seems he has quashed those rumors for now. This will come as a relief to many Democrats who are eager to avoid a repeat of the 2016 primary race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
The Fox 11 anchor also noted that should Newsom decide to run in 2024, he would face stiff competition from other high-profile Democrats such as Harris, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and former President Barack Obama.
It remains to be seen whether Newsom will follow through on his assurance to Harris, Klain, and Dr. Biden, but for now it seems that the California governor is content to stay out of the 2024 presidential race.
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