President Joe Biden greets California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) as he arrives at Mather Airport on Air Force One Monday, September 13, 2021, in Mather, California, for a briefing on wildfires at the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) [Photo Credit: White House Public Domain]
But now, Democrats are getting serious and suggesting solid replacements like Newsom.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom may be the Democratic Party’s strongest choice to run for president if President Joe Biden bows out, longtime party strategist David Axelrod says.
Axelrod, who served as former President Barack Obama’s chief strategist, made the comments in a Wednesday statement to The New York Times. The 2024 presidential race has been a burning question for Democrats, with no clear heir to Biden and many party members skeptical of whether the president could or should run for a second term.
“Newsom is young and politically muscular, which may be just what the market will be seeking post-Biden,” he added.
Democrats see Newsom as a good counter to Republicans running Ron DeSantis in 2024.
Biden has worked his whole life to become president, but it appears he never thought about what he’d do when he got there.