I have had my eye on the California Democratic Governor ‘s testing the waters for a run for President against Joe Biden a while ago…..
He backed away from that when the media caught a wiff of that….
But it appears Newsom IS postioning himself for the 2028 Election season which VP Kamala Harris would think have her as the natural lead for the Democratic nomination…(Newsom is termed out in 2027)
THAT race normally would start right fatre the 2024 election….
Not NOW with a debate against Florida GOP Governor Ron DeSantis….
Joe Biden’s strategy right now is to NOT campaign loudly against Donald Trump….
Newsom making noise IS good for something…..
Some Biden advisers have complained privately that the planned debate, which would be moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity, could make voters think Newsom is running a shadow 2024 campaign at a time when most Democrats say they’d prefer a different candidate at the top of the ticket. They also argue that it could elevate DeSantis, whom White House advisers initially perceived as a greater threat to Biden’s re-election hopes than the GOP front-runner, former President Donald Trump. (Others have insisted that there is no harm in them debating and, in fact, could be a net positive.)
Harris allies take particular umbrage at what they see as Newsom’s attempt to position himself for the 2028 Democratic presidential primarily at the expense of the vice president.
“It’s disrespectful,” said one outside adviser to Harris. “Joe Biden is running with Kamala Harris. That’s the Democratic ticket.”
It’s not clear yet that the debate will actually go forward: the two camps have been haggling over proposed rules since DeSantis accepted Newsom’s standing challenge earlier this month. But the specter of the two governors going head to head has highlighted the degree to which Biden interests are not always clear and can diverge from Harris’ interests.
Newsom is expected to be a top surrogate for Biden’s campaign at the second Republican presidential primary debate in Simi Valley, Calif. in September, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the plans.
Just as some Biden advisers are irked by Newsom’s move, others see potential benefit in a high-profile Democrat defending the president’s record and agenda against a prominent Republican hopeful….