Newsom defends Biden amid age concerns: ‘I want a seasoned pro’


California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic Party leader from California, defended President Biden amid concerns about the incumbent’s re-election and age. He said he wanted a “seasoned professional” who knows how to do things. “I’m old-fashioned.” Newsom said, “There has been no administration that I have ever seen more effective at producing substantive results. And we’ve not even begun the campaign.” Newsom was responding Bash’s questions about a CBS News/YouGov poll, in which only a third (or so) of U.S. voters said that they thought Biden would complete a second term as president if reelected. Biden, at 80 years old, is the oldest U.S. President. He would be 86 by the time he completed his second term if reelected in 2020. Multiple polls in recent weeks have shown that voters are increasingly concerned about Biden’s ability to serve a second term and his age. Newsom stated, “I could not imagine three years ago how this president would accomplish so much within such a short time period — I really mean that.” If this election season is about celebrities, then we’ve had one for four years. The California Governor continued, “The Biden-Harris Administration — masterclass on performance, bipartisan agreements on infrastructure, and bipartisan deals with guns and the debt limit.”

Newsom has said repeatedly that he won’t run for president in 2024 even if Biden doesn’t seek reelection.

Newsom told Bash that he would not run for president in 2024, saying, “No, that’s not me, that’s just not.”

Earlier in the month, California Governor said that it was time to “move forward” and to stop speculating about his possible presidential run. Harris, he added, is “naturally lined up” after Biden.

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