Biden says Gavin Newsom could have his job in APEC speech

 November 17, 2023

President Joe Biden mentioned California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom during a speech this week, stating he "could have the job I'm looking for."

Biden made the comment during his speech at the Asia-Pacific Economic Summit (APEC) event alongside Swen Stefani in California.

The comments

“When the United States offered to host this summit, we knew we needed a location dynamic and diverse as APEC itself. And APEC in San Francisco, here we are,” Biden said.

“I want to talk about Governor Newsom. I want to thank him. He’s been one hell of a governor, man. Matter of fact he can be anything he wants. He could have the job I’m looking for," he added.

The speculation

"The California governor has widely been considered as a possible presidential contender, and some see him as a potential candidate come 2028," the Hill reported.

"Newsom has repeatedly fended off speculation he could challenge Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024," it continued.

Would it matter?

Some have argued that Newsom should replace Biden to give Democrats a better chance in the 2024 election. However, former President Donald Trump recently ranked ahead of both in a poll.

"The Fox News survey released Wednesday shows Trump, 77, leading Biden 50% to 46% among registered voters," the New York Post reported.

"The same poll found that Trump leads Vice President Kamala Harris 50% to 45%, California Gov. Gavin Newsom 49% to 45%, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer 48% to 46% and outgoing Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) 47% to 46% in hypothetical head-to-head matchups," it noted.

Biden turns 81 later this month and is already America's oldest serving president. If reelected next year, he would be 86 years old at the end of a second term, an issue complicated by his multiple public gaffes and physical concerns, including multiple falls.

The concerns related to Biden include his age, health, and his policies. Many Americans view the economy as the top issue, believing the country's finances would be in better hands under Trump, while the border crisis has also led to much controversy over extending support to Biden for a second term.

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