California Governor Gavin Newsom and Vice President Kamala Harris may seem like they’re on a political collision course for a future White House race, but Newsom recently expressed his admiration for his California colleague.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Newsom commended President Joe Biden and Harris’ administration, describing it as a “master class in terms of performance,” highlighting their achievements in bipartisan deals on infrastructure, guns, the debt ceiling, and the CHIPS and Science Act.
When asked if Harris was Biden’s best choice for vice president, Newsom continued to offer praise, stating that he believes the current administration has been outstanding, and Harris deserves credit for its success. He unequivocally affirmed that she was the right choice.
Despite recent polls indicating Harris’ low popularity and ongoing criticism from Republicans, who raise concerns about Biden’s age and the possibility of a Harris administration, Newsom expressed his support for Harris. He previously stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he wouldn’t run against her if she decided to run for president.
During the CNN interview, Newsom reiterated that he has no interest in pursuing the White House himself, despite taking steps that are often associated with potential presidential candidates, such as fundraising and nationwide travel to promote his policies.
Newsom and Harris share similar political backgrounds, both having served as mayor of San Francisco and winning statewide elections before their current roles.
The conversation with Dana Bash also touched on other topics, including concerns about Biden’s age, Hunter Biden’s indictment, and Republican efforts towards impeachment, which Newsom likened to “student government,” characterizing it as a far cry from the intentions of the Founding Fathers.
Additionally, Newsom discussed his stance on abortion limitations and California’s lawsuit against oil companies, alleging that they knowingly misled consumers about climate change for decades, comparing it to the tactics employed by tobacco companies. Newsom firmly stated that these companies had lied to the public.