Gavin Newsom kicked off a weekend statewide tour to campaign against California’s Sept. 14 recall, telling reporters that he will get some reinforcements: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.
“We are comparing schedules right now, but we anticipate the President and Vice President will be here in a matter of weeks,” Newsom said at an event in San Francisco.
Biden issued a statement on Thursday backing Newsom’s efforts to stay in office, giving Newsom what his campaign will be a needed push to boost turnout, as recall proponents have so far enjoyed an advantage in awareness and enthusiasm for ousting Newsom from office.
As Newsom has done in the past, he characterized the recall as a Donald Trump-aligned effort to remove him from office, and accused Newsmax, One America News Network, Fox News and Right Side Broadcasting Network of “ginning up support” for it over the past year.
The ballots, to arrive to California registered voters over the next week or so, will ask two questions — whether Newsom should be recalled, and who should replace him.
The California governor also said that he would vote no on the first question and leave the other question blank. “Just vote no. You don’t even have to touch the other part,” Newsom said.
At around the same time, Elder was holding his first press conference as a candidate, via Zoom.
More to come.