Newsom continues to shoot down a 2024 run while conservatives still speculate on the possibility
More speculation comes from a recent Axios report that Biden's re-election campaign is sending Newsom to the second Republican primary debate, continuing to boost his national profile.
California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom insists he won’t run for president in 2024 and is throwing his support behind President Joe Biden. But that hasn’t kept conservatives from speculating on a potential White House run based on some of his recent actions.
Earlier this month, Newsom vetoed a bill that would have forced judges in child custody cases to consider whether or not a parent has affirmed their child's gender identity.
"Someone wants to be president," TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk wrote on X, previously called Twitter.
CEO and founder of Public Square Michael Seifert also shared Kirk's speculation of a potential run by Newsom after the veto.
"I guess Gavin Newsom is running for President after all," Seifert wrote on social media.
Multiple X users expressed suspicion that the reason for this veto is to appeal to moderates if he runs for the Democratic nomination in 2024.
According to a poll conducted by The Associated Press last month, 77% of those interviewed said they believed President Biden would be too old for a second term.
Newsom's name has been thrown around in the media as an alternative, but the California governor said in a recent interview with NewsNation host Chris Cuomo that he will back Biden for 2024.
“I have deep respect, reverence for Joe Biden as a person, his character, his decency and his capacity to do great things,” Newsom said in the interview. “That’s why. I’m not worthy of that conversation. This guy deserves it, and we as members of the party deserve to have his back.”
More speculation is based on a recent Axios report that Biden's re-election campaign is sending Newsom to the second Republican primary debate, continuing to boost his national profile.
The California governor has also been doing a lot of traveling — recently going to New York City to participate in "Climate Week" to discuss a lawsuit he filed against five large oil companies to hold them accountable for contributing to climate change.
Former Trump advisor Kash Patel predicted on the Just the News, No Noise TV show that the media will use the recent indictment of Hunter Biden to encourage President Biden to step down and let the Democratic Party run Newsom for president in 2024.
"You're gonna see the heat coming from the mainstream media that Joe Biden should pardon his son to save his son Hunter from the quote unquote 'bogus criminal prosecution by a Trump appointed special counsel,'" Patel said.
"They're going to blame the Republicans and they're going to say 'Joe is the savior and secured justice for his son when no one else would,''' he continued. "And now we thank him for service and anoint Gavin Newsom to be the next candidate for the Democratic Party."
According to former California governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, it's inevitable that Newsom will run for president eventually.
“I think it’s a no-brainer,” he said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “Every governor from a big state wants to take that shot.”
Charlotte Hazard is a reporter at Just the News. Follow her on X.