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Gavin Newsom says it’s “not the moment” for him to run for president

California Gov. Gavin Newsom insists he’s not serious about operating for president, though he is purchased adverts in Florida and Texas to troll their GOP governors, elevating his profile forward of the 2024 election as President Biden weighs whether or not to run for reelection

“It’s not my ambition,” the Democrat informed CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett in an unique interview on Saturday. “It’s not the direction that I’m leaning into. It’s not the moment.” 

When pressed on whether or not he may say he won’t ever run for president, Newsom stated, “Yeah, I have no interest.” 

Newsom stated he, in contrast to some Democrats, desires Mr. Biden to run for reelection. 

“I don’t think there’s been two years of more effective policy-making of a modern American president,” Newsom stated. “It’s been a masterclass the last two years, not necessarily in effective communication and generating narrative, but in terms of the substance under the circumstance, with all the headwinds, the obfuscation and opposition. I think it’s been remarkable.” 

The governor is in search of a second time period after surviving a recall election in 2021. Since his reelection race will not be shut, he is been directing his efforts elsewhere, like New Mexico, the place Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is in a good race. 

Newsom stated it looks like a pink wave is coming, criticizing his personal social gathering’s messaging earlier than the midterm elections subsequent week. 

“Look, I can be the cheerleader. I’m also pragmatic,” he stated. “You feel it. It’s not just intellectualization based on polling.” 

“You feel it,” he continued. “And it goes to my fundamental grievance with my damn party. 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.” 

Democrats have leaned into abortion rights this election cycle at the expense of different points, whereas Republicans are “winning the messaging war,” Newsom stated. 

“It’s remarkable Democrats have done as well as they’ve done under these circumstances,” he stated. 

Newsom additionally stated a Republican-controlled House, with California Rep. Kevin McCarthy as House speaker, fills him with “fear.” 

“What he’s done to aid and abet this notion, the ‘Big Lie,’ sowing doubts around the foundation of our democracy, how he’s aiding and abetting functionally authoritarian leaders across his party,” Newsom stated. “That scares the hell out of me.” 

McCarthy’s office didn’t reply to a request for remark. 

Arden Farhi contributed reporting. 

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