While addressing an audience at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference, President Joe Biden hinted at the possibility of California Governor Gavin Newsom running for the presidency in 2024.
In his remarks, Biden suggested that Newsom, who has been speculated to challenge Biden for the 2024 presidential race, could be a potential presidential candidate.
The comments were made during a reception with APEC leaders on Wednesday. Biden lauded Newsom's governance, complimenting him for being an exceptional governor and suggesting he could aim for any position, even the presidency. The reception was marked by a performance by Gwen Stefani, adding a touch of glamour to the political gathering.
Newsom, who has been demonstrating support for Biden's 2024 reelection bid, has recently been accused of positioning himself for a presidential run. His high-profile travels and events have been a subject of discussion among political circles. Biden's remarks about Newsom's potential for presidency have further fueled these speculations.
Earlier this week, Newsom made headlines as he welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping at the airport, marking the Chinese leader's arrival for the APEC conference. He also hosted a fundraiser for Biden, demonstrating his active involvement in national politics.
The California governor's actions suggest a keen interest in global diplomacy and national politics, particularly as they dovetail with his support for Biden's reelection bid. However, Biden's comments have added a new dimension to the political discourse surrounding Newsom's future political aspirations.
During the reception, Biden also thanked Vice President Kamala Harris for her leadership and expressed gratitude towards the Bay Area for giving her the opportunity to ascend to the vice presidency. Biden appreciated Harris as an outstanding leader and a great partner, acknowledging her contributions to his administration.
The president states:
"I'm particularly grateful for the Bay Area for giving our great vice president the chance to become vice president. She's the best. She's an outstanding leader and a great partner."
Adding to the local sentiment, Biden praised San Francisco Mayor London Breed. He commended her for handling "the hardest job in American politics."
President Biden's comments about Governor Newsom's potential presidential bid have stirred up the political scene. His words have added a new layer to the speculations about the 2024 presidential race. Newsom's actions, combined with Biden's remarks, suggest that the California governor might be a potential contender in the upcoming elections.
Biden on Gov. Newsom:
"I want to talk about Gov. Newsom. I want to thank him. He's been one hell of a governor, man. As a matter of fact, he can be anything he wants. He can have the job I'm looking for."
Following his remarks at the reception, President Biden is scheduled to speak at the APEC CEO Summit on Thursday. His schedule also includes several meetings and a dinner, marking his active participation in the conference.