Gavin Newsom says he won’t challenge Biden for WH in 2024

As speculation continues to swirl about whether President Joe Biden will seek re-election in 2024, news emerged that if he does run, he will at least be clear of one potential opponent who was the source of significant rumors earlier this year – California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom, as Politico reports.

Despite Newsom’s national profile and loyal support among Democrats in his state and elsewhere, the governor now insists that he has no intention of mounting a challenge to the current commander in chief during the next election cycle.

Newsom’s pledge

According to Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Newsom made his position very clear on Election Night, as he celebrated his own re-election as California’s chief executive.

“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” said Newsom in regard to his decision not to run against Biden in 2024.

Newsom has also voiced his exasperation about ongoing rumors that he may be plotting to pursue a primary challenge to Biden – or whoever else might seek the Democrat Party nod.

“It’s frustrating because I have so much reverence and respect for not only the president, but the vice president is an old friend,” Newsom reportedly said.

When it comes to his personal commitment to supporting another Biden campaign, added Newsom, “I’m all in, count me in,” also asserting, “I’m willing to take risks, I’m willing to get out” on behalf of Biden.

Biden’s plans still unclear

Though Newsom has indicated his unreserved support for a 2024 Biden bid, it remains to be seen whether the president himself is prepared to pull the trigger.

In the wake of the midterm elections, which saw a better-than-expected outcome for Democrats, Biden gave the impression that he does plan to campaign once more, saying, according to Fox News, “I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it.”

Biden recently turned 80 years of age and given that he has long been the subject of concerns regarding apparent cognitive decline, it has been suggested that perhaps he may not be the most effective standard bearer for his party after his current term ends.

Though it was thought that the extended Biden family might be weighing the pros and cons of another presidential run during their luxurious Thanksgiving holiday in Nantucket, Massachusetts, the president disabused reporters of that notion on Saturday, saying, when asked about the status of deliberations about 2024, “We’re not having any. We’re celebrating.”

Regardless of what the Bidens ultimately decide, it appears – at least for now – that the potentially formidable Newsom intends to remain in California, likely biding his time for a run of his own sometime down the road.