Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) accused California Gov. Gavin Newsom of running for president and did not have the “guts to announce it.”
“There are two additional Democrats running for president right now. One is the Congressman from Minnesota and the other one is the governor of California. They’re both running for president, but only one had the guts to announce it,” Fetterman said.
Fetterman Accuses Newsom of Not Having the ‘Guts to Announce’ He’s Running for President pic.twitter.com/JRPtb0FwoN
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“Since this is obviously true, he should get the same scrutiny as a presidential candidate. Even a little scrutiny will cause Newsom’s campaign-in-waiting to quickly collapse,” said Rep. Kevin Kiley (R-CA).
Sen. John Fetterman says Newsom is "running for president" but doesn't have "the guts to announce it." Since this is obviously true, he should get the same scrutiny as a presidential candidate.
Even a little scrutiny will cause Newsom's campaign-in-waiting to quickly collapse.
— Kevin Kiley (@KevinKileyCA) November 6, 2023
— New York Post (@nypost) November 7, 2023
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) is the other Democrat Fetterman referenced in his comments.
Phillips has publicly announced his primary campaign against Joe Biden.
The New York Post reports:
Newsom has repeatedly insisted that he has no plans to challenge Biden, 80, for the White House in 2024 or even seek the presidency if Biden were to drop out of the race.
The Golden State governor prompted conjecture about his White House ambitions after earlier this year appearing for an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News and challenging Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to debate their state’s contrasting policies.
Newsom also recently traveled to China, where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing and discussed ways to “accelerate our progress on climate in meaningful and substantive ways” with the communist leader, according to the governor.
Newsom was recently accused by GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy of mounting a secret campaign for the White House.
“The man is running for president, doing it and doing it in disguise, doing it with a track record at a state that is more disastrous by the day,” Ramaswamy said during an event in Iowa City last month, according to NBC News.
Fetterman hits Newsom for not having 'guts' to admit he's running shadow campaign against Biden https://t.co/gxMFVg8plr
— Fox News (@FoxNews) November 7, 2023
Fox News added:
Fetterman’s swipe at Newsom comes around the same time a New York Times-Siena College poll showed that Biden trails former President Trump in the key swing states of Nevada, Georgia, Arizona, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
A Monmouth University poll released earlier this month showed that 76% of voters agreed Biden, 80, was “too old” to serve another term, compared to just 48% who said the same about Trump, 77.
Newsom has denied he’s running for president multiple times, and when asked, he told NewsNation’s Chris Cuomo in September that he’s “not worthy of that conversation” and that Biden “deserves it.”
Read more about the New York Times-Siena College poll HERE: