California Gov. Gavin Newsom may claim to be all-in on President Joe Biden’s reelection effort, but the Democrat’s response in an upcoming interview only added to speculation about his party’s plans going forward.
(Video: Fox News)
Near the close of his Friday broadcast, Fox News host Sean Hannity previewed his sit down with the Golden State executive scheduled to premiere Monday. When the conversation turned from Biden’s questionable mental faculties to the governor’s own potential to step in, Newsom went from confident to cagey.
“Do you think he’s cognitively strong enough to be president?” the host asked at the beginning of the brief clip.
“I have conversations with him all the time. Yes. And I’ll tell you what-” the governor went on as Hannity cut in, “You do?”
“I’m dead serious about that. I’ve talked to him when he’s been overseas, I’ve been in Air Force One, Marine One, I’ve been in the limo with him. I’ve spent time with him privately and publicly,” Newsom elaborated without once mentioning how Biden fared in any of those encounters.
That wasn’t the only part of the question that went unaddressed as Hannity said, “But you never answered my question directly. How many times does your phone ping a day, people saying, ‘You need to get in this race,’ that they agree with me that he’s not up to the job?”
“Uh…I see where you’re going with that, Sean,” Newsom stammered.
“I’m asking,” the host pressed for names only to be told, “No, and I’m not answering.”
Previously, the California leader had been on record stating, “I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” that “I’m all in, count me in,” on Biden’s reelection effort.
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It had also been suggested that the only way that Newsom would throw his hat into the race for the 2024 Democratic nomination would be if Biden were out of the running.
While the president formally announced his reelection bid, many had considered the possibility, without factoring in the investigations against Biden for alleged influence peddling, that he may not remain in office long enough to truly hit the campaign trail.
Were he to do so, polling has not been favorable for the incumbent as in April an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found only 47 percent of likely Democrat voters behind a Biden reelection bid, and a more recent CNN poll found around 67 percent of all voters would see the president’s reelection as a disaster or setback for the country.
Hannity later revealed that Newsom was open to the possibility of sitting across from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), whom he has often attempted to frame his leadership against, for a multi-hour televised discussion. Were DeSantis to agree, it would remain to be seen whether such an event would actually be coordinated.
Currently, Biden’s competition for reelection includes activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and author Marianne Williamson.
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