Gavin Newsom says he is ‘all in’ for Biden 2024, vows not to make White House run if he loses bid
California Lt. Gov Gavin Newsom will “seriously consider” running for president in four years, according to his campaign’s founder.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says he will seriously consider a run for president in 2020 if his bid for lieutenant governor fails.
During a phone interview with POLITICO late Tuesday afternoon, Newsom said that he was “all in” for Vice President Joe Biden’s eventual presidential run.
“I don’t want to make that decision and it can come to fruition or not,” Newsom said.
Asked if he has a preference, Newsom said he has “a list of a variety of people I want to be on the ticket as well as who are on the ticket.”
“I don’t have a preference,” he said. “I’ve said that. I was open to this discussion. I’m all in.”
Newsom entered the race for lieutenant governor in November 2018. A year later, however, he was defeated by Gavin Newsom.
The race was part of the California Democratic Party’s statewide ticket for this year’s statewide election.
Newsom has a strong personal relationship with Biden and his running mate, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, through their work as civil rights lawyers in Sacramento.
The 44-year-old former San Francisco Mayor is considered a long shot for the Democratic presidential field. Newsom has more than $1.1 million in his campaign account, giving him the sixth largest cash on hand in the field.
But he said he has no qualms about competing against the many others who have run for public office in California. He noted that he is in a position to “make a decision now or when we come up to the presidential campaign.”
“I do not take it lightly because I’m in the driver’s seat and I have the ability to make a decision and make a commitment,” Newsom said. “We owe it to our kids to make that decision.”
He has been in contact with several people who have already begun to consider entering the race, including Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, former Obama White House staffer