Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom has been building his national presence in recent months by wading into debates about immigration, education, abortion, and other hot-button issues.
I’m formally requesting the DOJ begin an immediate investigation into these inhumane efforts to use kids as political pawns. pic.twitter.com/x2sBa06nSw
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) September 15, 2022
As a pair of sources familiar with the governor’s plans, his effort to attract attention coincides with a tentative plan to throw his hat in the ring ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
As one anonymous insider told The Wrap, Newsom is “absolutely” ready to announce a White House bid if President Joe Biden decides not to seek re-election, reiterating: “No ifs, ands, or buts. He will run if Biden does not.”
Although the president has maintained that he intends to run again in 2024, he would be well into his 80s on Election Day and he is already drawing bipartisan concerns about his cognitive health.
With his approval rating stuck consistently underwater, Biden left open the possibility that might bow out of contention during a recent interview.
CBS News correspondent Scott Pelley asked about his intentions during a “60 Minutes” segment that aired on Sunday.
“Look, if I were to say to you, ‘I’m running again,’ all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have — requirements I have to change and move and do … in terms of election laws,” Biden replied.
Claiming that “it’s much too early to make that kind of decision,” he said that he is only focused on present-day priorities.
Pelley pressed for more details, adding: “You say that it’s much too early to make that decision. I take it the decision has not been made in your own head?”
Repeating his earlier assertion that he plans to run again, Biden explained: “It’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
Meanwhile, most pundits expect former President Donald Trump to announce his candidacy in the not-to-distant future, which appears to be dissuading some other potential GOP hopefuls from confirming whether they are preparing for a 2024 White House bid.
Conservative radio host Larry Elder, who launched a gubernatorial campaign against Newsom last year, recently confirmed that he is seriously considering running for president in the Republican primary.
Although he seemed to suggest that he does not believe he would prove successful against bigger names like Trump or Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, he said: “I’ve got some things to say — and the major thing is the breakdown of the American nuclear family. The welfare state has, in my opinion, incentivized women to marry the government and incentivized men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility.”