California Governor Gavin Newsom has declined to rule out whether he will run against Joe Biden in next year’s presidential election.
In a very combative interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Newsom pushed back against the host’s questions about whether he was plotting to run the Commander-in-Chief.
“I see where you’re coming from and no, I’m not responding,” the 55-year-old lawmaker said in a fiery exchange that will air on the right-wing network later Monday (June 12).
Fresh concerns emerged over Biden’s fitness for office after he fell at an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony earlier this month.
If re-elected for a second term in November 2024, the president would leave the White House at the age of 86.
Rumors have long swirled about a possible Newsom challenge, but those suggestions have faded since Biden announced his intention to run again.
Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of Newsom’s predecessors, suggested a Democratic runoff against the 80-year-old was “a no-brainer”.
So far, only the hopeless Robert F. Kennedy Jr, an anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist, and self-help author Marianne Williamson have declared their intention to oppose Biden.
But Democratic Party apparatchiks are rallying behind the incumbent, trying to keep them from sparking a drawn-out challenge to his 2024 candidacy.
Governor Newsom, in a rare interview with Fox News, refused to rule out a possible Joe Biden challenge
Schwarzenegger, a former California governor himself, called a Newsom challenge against Joe Biden a ‘no-brainer’
The Golden State governor, whose term ends in 2027, also declined to directly answer Hannity’s questions about whether the commander-in-chief suffered from cognitive decline.
Newsom claimed he was in regular contact with Biden and had seen him at work firsthand aboard Air Force One, the presidential plane.
The pair also clashed over Ron DeSantis’ so-called “migrant robberies” that angered liberals nationwide.
Florida authorities hired private planes to deport suspected illegal immigrants from Florida or elsewhere and send them to mainly left-leaning states across the United States.
On Tuesday June 6, officials admitted that they were behind two of these planes which sent 36 migrants to California.
They hadn’t set foot on Florida soil, but were moved from Texas to New Mexico, then flown to Sacramento, the state capital.
“Florida’s voluntary relocation is precisely that – voluntary. Through verbal and written consent, these volunteers indicated they wanted to travel to California,’ emergency management spokeswoman Alecia Collins said last week.
Newsom called DeSantis’ behavior a “stunt” and called the decision “embarrassing” and “pathetic.”
“Out of the goodness of his heart, he just wanted to help people?” Give me a break, Sean,’ the California Governor angrily replied to Hannity’s questions.
In May, DeSantis signed legislation allocating up to $12 million for migrant deportation flights.
Florida funded two last year, from its city of San Antonio to the expensive and luxurious Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Barack and Michelle Obama have a $12 million mansion in the celebrity hotspot destination.
DeSantis has made the issue of illegal migration a key policy of his campaign, echoing Donald Trump’s 2016 pledge to build a wall to keep would-be asylum seekers out of the United States.
Newsom surprisingly praised Trump, saying he had a good relationship with the former president over his Covid policies.
‘It was amazing. He…didn’t play any political role during Covid with California – didn’t play any – that’s a fact,’ he told Fox News.