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Newsom insists he’s not running for president, says he supports VP Kamala Harris: ‘No ambiguity’


Gov. Gavin Newsom insisted Monday that he would not run for president in 2024 and tried to tamp down speculation that he was aiming for a spot on the Democratic presidential ticket by backing the vice-presidential candidate. President Kamala Harris.

“The answer is no,” the California Democrat told CNN on Monday when asked if he was considering running for president in 2024. “No ambiguity.”

Newsom says he never even thought about a presidential election.

“No. I’m not that guy. It’s just not the case,” he replied when Dana Bash asked him if he thought he would make a good commander in chief.

The Golden State governor sparked speculation about his own White House ambitions earlier this year after participating in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity and challenging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to debate their contrasting policies. State.

California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters outside the California Natural Resources Agency in Sacramento, California October 7, 2022.

Newsom, 55, also said Monday that he thinks Harris, 58, is “absolutely” the best person to be President Biden’s 2024 running mate.

“Of course she is,” he said. “Biden-Harris administration, master class in terms of performance. Bipartisan deals on infrastructure, bipartisan deals on guns and the debt ceiling, on the CHIPS and Science Act.

“I mean, by definition, if I think this administration, over the last two years, two and a half years, has been one of the most remarkable administrations of the last few decades, and she’s a member of this administration, she “I can take credit for much of that success. The answer is absolutely,” he said.

Newsom insists he’s not running for president, says he supports VP Kamala Harris: ‘No ambiguity’
Vice President Harris waves after preparing to depart LaGuardia Airport following the annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, September 11, 2023.
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Newsom argued that Democrats need to “get out of this kind of navel-gazing about Joe Biden, and let’s get on with it.”

“Let’s get on the train. This train has left the proverbial station,” he said.

Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dodged a question from the same network last week when asked if the historically unpopular Harris was the best person Biden, 80, could have on the ticket in 2024 .

“He (Biden) means it,” Pelosi told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “And that’s what matters.”