President Joe Biden may not have a major challenger within the Democratic Party as he seeks a second term in the nation’s highest political office, but he may have identified the next lawmaker to lead the Democratic Party. During the Asian Pacific Economic Conference welcome reception in San Francisco, Biden applauded California Governor Gavin Newsom and said that he could have the job that he’s currently pursuing.
“I want to talk about Governor Newsom. Want to thank him. He’s been one hell of a governor, man,” Biden told the crowd.
“Matter of fact, he could be anything he wants. He could have the job I’m looking for.”
Newsom has already ruled out a run at the Oval Office in 2024, but he has already been identified by many as a strong candidate in the 2028 election if he decides to run. He has established a strong relationship with President Biden and sparred with presidential candidates like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
“My sense is that the governor is trying to leave his options open,” Professor Eric Schickler of the University of California, Berkeley told The Hill.
“Building a national profile now, the most likely scenario where that really comes to fruition is for 2028.”