The White House announced on Thursday that President Joe Biden will join Governor Gavin Newsom for his last campaign rally in Long Beach on Monday for a final push to bring out the Democratic vote ahead of the 2021 California Governor recall election on the 14th.
According to the White House, President Biden will make several Western state stops early next week. On Monday, Biden is due to visit the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho and then fire damaged areas outside of Sacramento before joining Newsom in Long Beach. On Tuesday, Biden will make a final stop in Denver to promote his “Build Back Better” jobs creation plan before flying back to Washington.
“The President will highlight how wildfire season is now a year-round event because of climate change, that no one is immune to climate change, and how one in three Americans have been impacted by severe weather events in recent months,” noted a White House official on Thursday.
While no time or location has been publicly announced as of Thursday, Long Beach lawmakers have already began promoting the visit. In particular, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, a notable opponent of the recall, tweeting on Thursday his excitement to promote the city for their “model” approach to vaccinations and health care.
You can be sure that when President @JoeBiden visits on Monday, I am going to thank him and the Governor for their steadfast support in taking on this pandemic. Long Beach is a national model on vaccine distribution and public health.
— Robert Garcia (@RobertGarcia) September 9, 2021
In the past week, California has had numerous prominent national Democrats give additional support to Newsom. Both Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former President Barack Obama have released new ads in support of Newsom, with Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) coming out to join Newsom at LA-area rallies during Labor Day weekend. Newsom’s most prominent supporter to come out in-person so far, Vice President Kamala Harris, gave a speech alongside Newsom on on Wednesday the 8th, encouraging people to vote no on the recall.
Although polls and early voting percentages have shown that the recall’s chance of success has been dwindling in past weeks due to a resurgence of Democratic voters, many of those against the recall have cautioned not to let up due to large percentage of Republicans and recall proponents expected to vote on election day itself rather than through early voting methods, as well as an over high percentage of likely voters still in favor of a recall.
Biden joins Newsom for the final push towards election day on Monday
Political experts have noted that the use of Biden, as well as the strategic location of Long Beach, all play a part in the final push towards election day.
“They’re taking nothing to chance,” former lobbyist Harry Schultz told the Globe on Thursday. “They’ve been bringing out the big guns all week to both bring people out and to get attention. Believe it or not, many voters who would likely vote against the recall are still not all that jazzed to vote, or are treating it as a foregone conclusion that Newsom will win and not voting simply based on the number of Democrats in the state. That attitude has really given proponents a boost.”
“So you have Harris and other Democrats, and now you have Biden coming out. In Long Beach no less, saddling LA and the more politically divided Orange County. A mix of support and encouraging support. And it’s not the Bay area, where support is virtually guaranteed by most. It’s a good call by the Newsom people.”
“The rally with Biden is happening to help erase the pro-recall groups election day turnout advantage. A lot of them do not trust by-mail voting or turning them in at voting centers early, and they really don’t want a final day surprise and have the recall buck what the poll numbers were through sheer turnout by supporters.”
“Biden coming out to encourage voting the night before is aimed at tempering that. One final big push. It’s Newsom’s last campaign event of the recall, and they really made it big by having the President divert from his busy schedule.
“Again, in any other Governor’s race you would not have this much national attention. That’s how afraid they are. They’re afraid that this will lead to the GOP claiming more victories in 2022, even making California go from deep blue to just blue with more Republican wins. Even a good showing in a recall loss will still harm them due to how close it could be. They aren’t taking any chances. That’s why Biden will be here Monday. And with what he just did in Afghanistan with the messy pull out of Kabul, who knows how big a bump he will give.”
More details of Biden’s visit are expected to be released in the coming days.