Potential Biden Challengers Say They’re ‘All In’ On His Re-Election

Democrats have retained control of the Senate, and while Republicans will gain a slim majority in the House, Democrats will lose control of the Senate. As a result, Biden's standing appears to be stronger than it was in the summer.

Potential Biden Challengers Say They're 'All In' On His Re-Election - SurgeZirc US
Potential Biden Challengers Say They're 'All In' On His Re-Election.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is dismissing speculation that he will run for President Biden Democratic nomination in 2024, telling POTUS that he is “all in” on Biden’s re-election.

In an interview with Politico, Newsom sought to quell speculation that he might run for the Democratic nomination, citing “considerable” irritation from the White House over rumors of a bid to unseat Biden.

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“I’ve told everyone in the White House, from the chief of staff to the first lady,” he said, saying his message is “I’m all in, count me in” on Biden’s re-election bid.

Democratic concern about Biden’s health, age, and low approval ratings has fueled speculation about a possible Newsom 2024 run. Fears about Biden’s performance in a 2024 rematch with former President Donald Trump or Florida Gov.

Ron DeSantis prompted some Democrats to start looking for a replacement, and Newsom’s name had been floated as a possible option.

That concern has likely dissipated somewhat following Democrats’ stronger-than-expected performance in the November midterm elections, where Democratic fears of a Republican “red wave” did not materialize.

Democrats have retained control of the Senate, and while Republicans will gain a slim majority in the House, Democrats will lose control of the Senate. As a result, Biden’s standing appears to be stronger than it was in the summer.

During a post-election press conference, Biden stated that he intends to run for re-election and will make a final decision by early next year.

“I think everybody wants me to run, but we’re going to have discussions about it. I hope Jill and I get a little time to sneak away for a week between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and my guess is it will be early next year when we make that judgment,” Biden said.

Newsom had also fueled speculation about a run by publicly criticizing DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

However, the governor, who was easily re-elected in deep-blue California, is said to have exited his motorcade near a Sacramento hotel on Election Night and called Biden to express his personal support for his re-election bid.

“I’m all in; put me in coach. We have your back,” Newsom said.

According to Politico, Newsom did not intend for the conversation to be overheard by the outlet’s reporter, but he was leaving the same hotel when he took the call.

According to the outlet, a Trump comeback has become the party’s top priority, which explains why Biden has been given so much leeway by his party during a difficult 2022 campaign.

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And now, one of his most serious potential primary opponents has endorsed Biden 2024, specifically mentioning his record of defeating the former president.

“He not only beat Trump once, I think he can beat him again. I hope he runs, I’ll enthusiastically support him,” Newsom said.

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