Gavin Newsom Says He Will Not Run Against Biden in 2024

California Governor Gavin Newsom claims he will not run against President Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination in the 2024 presidential election, despite swirling rumors that he may run. The Washington Examiner reports Newsom paid a visit to the White House while Biden was abroad in July, further stoking rumors of a possible presidential challenge. However, Newsom’s decision not to run followed his successful run for governor on November 8.

Newsom stated, “I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady.” He also noted that he believed that if the president ran against Trump, Biden could “beat him again” and that he would “enthusiastically support him.”

In his acceptance speech following his reelection, Newsom compared himself favorably to Republican governors, including the one who was “flying migrants to an island,” and talked about how the state’s leadership had “affirmed clearly with conviction that we are a true freedom state.” The remarks appeared to be directed at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, widely regarded as a formidable candidate for the Republicans in the 2024 election.

Trump announced his candidacy for the upcoming presidential election on November 15, making him the only one to do so. DeSantis hasn’t made any declarations on 2024, but in recent months, rumors of a conflict with Trump have circulated.

Former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and former Vice President Mike Pence are two additional Republicans thought to be potential 2024 candidates. President Biden recently turned 80, has not declared whether he would run for reelection. A CBS News poll from early November revealed two-thirds of voters said they do not want Biden to run for reelection in 2024.

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