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California Governor Gavin Newsom speaking at the State of the State address in Sacramento, CA, Mar 8, 2022. (Photo: Sheila Fitzgerald/Shutterstock)

Gov. Newsom Claims ‘No Interest’ In Running For President In Latest Interview

‘What we’re seeing now is campaign trail Newsom’

By Evan Symon, November 2, 2022 2:30 am

During an interview with CBS on Tuesday, California Governor Gain Newsom reiterated that he would not be running for President in 2024 and added that he has “no interest” in  a future presidential run.

Throughout the summer, Newsom turned many heads in placing ads in Florida, Texas, and other red and swing states promoting California and going after those states for policies on issues such as abortion and LGBT rights. The unusual move led many to believe that Newsom was planning a 2024 presidential run against Biden due to his increasing unpopularity by making headway into important states early on.

However, he has denied planning a presidential run in 2024, instead saying that he promised to finish out his term to 2026 should he win next week. On Tuesday, Newsom said again that he had no plans to run, instead praising Joe Biden for what he has done as president so far. When questioned if the ads had anything to do with a 2024 run, Newsom vehemently denied it.

“No. It’s not in my ambition,” said Newsom. “It’s not the direction that I’m leaning into. It’s not the moment.” He then added to a question if he would ever run for president with a response of “Yeah, I have no interest.”

Instead, Newsom said that he wants Biden to run again, saying that he has been a ‘remarkable’ president in the last two years.

“It’s been a masterclass the last two years,” added the Governor. “Not necessarily in effective communication and generating narrative. But in terms of the substance under the circumstance, with all the headwinds and obfuscation and opposition? I think it’s been remarkable.”

Newsom and the midterms

So what were the ads about then if not for a presidential run or for blatant attention? Newsom said that he is worried about a red wave coming with the midterms and that the Democrats need to get a narrative going to stand any chance in many races. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was noted for particularly filling Newsom with “fear.”

“It goes to my fundamental grievance with my damn party,” stated Newsom. “We’re getting crushed on narrative. We’re going to have to do better in terms of getting on the offense and stop being on the damn defense.”

“Yeah it [feels like a red wave is coming]. I’m not paid to say that. Fate and few, I get it. I can be the cheerleader, but I’m also a pragmatist. You feel it. [Kevin McCarthy as leader of the House] fills me with, I don’t want to say it out loud, but fear. What he’s done to aid and abet this notion? The big lie? How he’s aiding and abetting functionally authoritarian leaders across his party? Yeah, it scares the hell out of me.”

Political observers told the Globe on Tuesday that while Newsom is saying these things now, it differs from earlier this year when he hinted at a run and when he said he would run if Biden wouldn’t. Possibly changing the narrative have been polls which originally showed Newsom as a favorite Democratic candidate in 2024 earlier this year, but tumbling down to third favorite in more recent polls.

“What we’re seeing now is campaign trail Newsom,” explained Michael Springer, an elections analyst in Washington who focuses on presidential primaries. “We’ve seen so many candidates in the past give this spiel how they aren’t interested or had to run because the people wanted it. We always get a few every four years. But he’s really putting himself in a corner here since this is all on tape now.”

“It is a good move on his part to say that he is trying to establish a narrative, because he can later use that to claim that he ‘reinvigorated the Democratic Party’ in 2024 or 2028. And let’s be real, he has said that he has wanted it in the past, and it’s like a good baseball player saying they don’t want to go to the hall of fame or an actor saying they don’t want an Oscar. No matter how much they say they don’t, they really do want that.”

“This is Newsom doing all he can to secure races for Democrats in California right now, because there are a lot of crucial races. A lot of House races are close, as is the LA Mayor race. But this is also Newsom very clearly wanting something and playing coy about it. We’ve seen it a million times before, but this time he has an excuse saying he wants to help the Democratic Party because of the ads. Not sure who he is trying to fool with this one.”

The mid-term elections are to be held next Tuesday.

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12 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Claims ‘No Interest’ In Running For President In Latest Interview

  1. When Newsom speaks it seems to me he tries to use a lot of big words, adds a lot of adverbs and adjectives to fill his sentence with absolutely nothing that makes zero sense. Not like Kamala’s word salads where she uses the same words over and over but still the same end result, a lot of words and zero sense. If he has no interest in running for POTUS it is because Obama and Clinton told him to take a seat.

  2. Some of us Californians hope that Gov. Newsom the arrogant narcissist would run for president since it would keep him busy from doing more damage to California than he’s already done? He’s not likely to ever win the presidency without massive Democrat voter fraud and rigged voting machines?

  3. We are repeatedly told that Sen Brian Dahle doesn’t stand a chance of being elected governor. It’s not true. We are also repeatedly told that the reason Newsom isn’t even bothering to campaign is because he is so confident he will be easily re-elected. Also not true. I think this is why he not campaigning for Gov:

    Gavin Newsom has a new mistress. His new mistress is his presidential ambition. He’s fascinated by her, distracted by his lust for her, and irresistibly drawn to her. He is consumed and blinded by the affair with her and that is why he simply cannot see what is obvious to all of us. His supporters (the unions who got him elected, the greedy and crooked people who have a stake in the dysfunctional CA status quo under Newsom, the brainwashed and gullible Stockholm Syndrome victims) will eventually see that he is cheating on them. Gavin cannot control his lust for the mistress. He will say and do ANYTHING to satisfy her and to be with her. He spends too much money, time, and energy on her. It makes him not care or recognize that he is lying to his supporters and is about to abandon them for her or that all of us can clearly see what he is doing.

    Unfortunately (for him) his ambition will come to nothing. The love affair is doomed. When his base finds out they have been betrayed they will likely kick him out of the house. His hoped for presidential desires will evaporate and in the end he will be left with nothing and have no one, living in a van down by the river. Or at Aunt Nancy’s house, sleeping on the couch. THE END

  4. Ha, he spews more BS as exampled when he states the Biden presidency has been a masterclass the last 2 years. Only a guy who has had a hand in destroying this state would say that. Yes, the big guy who has wrecked our national economy, allowed our borders to be flooded with illegal immigrants and dried up our oil reserves would be a good example for a DNC tool like Newsom!

    [“It’s been a masterclass the last two years,” added the Governor. “Not necessarily in effective communication and generating narrative. But in terms of the substance under the circumstance, with all the headwinds and obfuscation and opposition? I think it’s been remarkable.”]

    P.S. @Showandtell, I see the presidency in a whole new light, “a mistress”. Yes Newsom cannot hide his lust in his heart for power and control. Just look what he has done under the Emergency Powers Act” for the past 3 years! 😔

    1. Cali Girl you are SO CORRECT that only someone who has worked to destroy California as Gavin has done would say that the Biden presidency has been a masterclass the last two years! Gavin’s Guru, Grampy Joe. Right —– that makes sense! But only to Newsom and his ilk. Amazing.

  5. So he lied about not rescinding the death penalty……………….but he is not lying now!
    He thinks we are a bunch of fools, such egotism, wow!

  6. When ask if he would run for president his answer was “Yeah I have no interest” ????? Is that a yes or a no???? Typical lying democrat.

  7. When ask if he would run for president his answer was “Yeah I have no interest” ????? Is that a yes or a no???? Typical lying Democrat

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