WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden urged California voters on Monday to keep Gavin Newsom as their governor or threat returning to the “dark, destructive, divisive politics” of Donald Trump.
Speaking at a marketing campaign rally in Long Beach, Biden known as Newsom one of many finest governors within the nation and warned that eradicating the first-term Democrat from workplace would carry penalties that might reverberate across the nation and the world.
“California, the eyes of the nation are on you,” Biden mentioned. “You’ve got to vote no on the recall. Keep Gavin as governor. The rest of America is counting on you.”
Biden’s look on the marketing campaign rally was anticipated to present a last-minute enhance to Newsom simply hours earlier than voting ends in Tuesday’s recall election. Voters will resolve whether or not Newsom needs to be recalled and, in that case, who ought to change him. Conservative speak present host Larry Elder is the Republican front-runner within the polls.
Biden known as Elder “a clone of Donald Trump” and requested, “Can you imagine him being the governor of this state?”
“You can’t let that happen,” he mentioned.
In Newsom, Californians have a governor “who has the courage to lead” on points such as defending staff, supporting ladies’s rights and coping with local weather change, Biden mentioned.
Biden additionally praised Newsom as one of many main governors within the struggle towards the COVID-19 pandemic. Newsom was the primary governor within the nation to situation a statewide stay-at-home order that shuttered many companies for months and saved youngsters out of lecture rooms.
“Gavin will be a governor who will help us finish the job,” he mentioned. “Send a message to the nation: Courage matters. Leadership matters. Science matters.”
Michael Collins covers the White House. Follow him on Twitter @mcollinsNEWS.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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