With Donald Trump already back in campaign mode, there is increasing pressure on the Democratic Party to outline a plan, any plan, to move forward with a quality candidate in 2024.
Because, when you start asking around on the left side of the aisle, Joe Biden ain’t it.
In fact, a number of potential primary opponents appear to be posturing themselves for the big show, including California Governor Gavin Newsom, who months ago began running advertisements in states other than California.
It appears now as if the Democrats have gotten Newsom to fall back in line.
California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newson reaffirmed his promise to Politico that he will not try to challenge President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election, despite building a massive digital operation before the 2022 midterms.Trending:
Politico reported over the weekend that Newsom would not challenge Biden for the Democrat nomination in 2024:
Newsom wants the word to go forth: He’s not going to challenge President Biden for the Democratic nomination in 2024.Advertisement - story continues below
“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” he recounted to me as we sat on the top floor of California’s now-ceremonial governor’s mansion on election night. [Emphsis added.]
Newsom allegedly had plenty of exposure to the White House as well.
Newsom referenced his “series of meetings” at the White House over the summer while Biden was away. At the time, speculations arose of Biden not running for reelection in 2024, given concerns about his age. Despite this, the meeting was reportedly centered on issues like abortion, climate change, and gun control.
Newsom’s retreat comes after several statements that appeared to drum up interest in his potential run, and it very well may have forced the White House’s hand in procuring this reaffirmation.