Noted civil rights attorney and commentator Leo Terrell has made a prediction regarding California’s Gavin Newsom if the Democratic governor decides to jump into the 2024 presidential race.
Notably, Terrell doesn’t believe Newsom has a legitimate shot at winning.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced that Newsom will definitely vie for the nomination if President Joe Biden decides to call it a career and serve only one term — rumors he himself fueled by refusing to commit to another run during a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on Sunday.
Newsom is “undeniably, unequivocally” ready to step into the void, according to persons familiar with his plans in an interview with TheWrap.
“After this midterm election is over, he absolutely is going to announce that he is running for the presidency once Biden announces that he is not running,” a leading California fundraiser with close ties to the Newsom family told the outlet. “No ifs, and, or buts. He will run if Biden does not.”
During an interview Tuesday morning with “Fox & Friends,” Terrell proclaimed that Newsom is “bound to lose” if he decides to run.
“Well, you know what? The good news for Americans, very simply, no California Democrat [has] ever won the presidency, so he’s bound to lose. But what is happening in California? There is no incentive to live in California with Governor Newsom,” he stated. “We’ve got high crime. We’ve got poor schools. We’ve got the homeless problem. And I’ll tell you right now, he’s taking California for granted. He’s up for re-election, Brian, in California, but he is ignoring California, thinking that he has a chance to win the presidency.”
Terrell may have a point. According to a YouGovAmerica survey, Newsom only has a 31-percent approval rating, compared to 29 percent disapproval. And while he survived a recall effort a year ago, his unfavorable rating rose due to strict, enduring COVID lockdown rules which he himself was caught violating.
As for Biden, he would not answer a direct question from interviewer Scott Pelley regarding his political future.
“Sir, are you committed to running again, or are there certain conditions that have to be right?” interviewer Scott Pelley asked.
“Look, if I were to say to you, I’m running again, all of a sudden, a whole range of things come into play that I have – requirements I have to change and move and do,” Biden responded, noting that election laws are playing into his reply.
“And it’s much too early to make that kind of decision. I’m a great respecter of fate. And so, what I’m doing is I’m doing my job. I’m gonna do that job. And within the time frame that makes sense after this next election cycle here, going into next year, make a judgment on what to do,” he said.
“You say that it’s much too early to make that decision,” Pelley responded. “I take it the decision has not been made in your own head.”
“Look, my intention, as I said, to begin with, is that I would run again. But it’s just an intention,” Biden replied. “But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.”
BREAKING: Joe Biden Refuses to commit to 2024 run on 60 Minutes: “Look, my intention, as I said, to begin with is that I would run again. But it's just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.” pic.twitter.com/W5DhBCQ0i9
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