President Joe Biden will make his long-touted visit to California Monday in support of Gov. Gavin Newsom, with the pair expected to campaign in Long Beach one day ahead of the deadline to return ballots and vote in the gubernatorial recall election.
Newsom’s campaign confirmed that the governor and Biden will appear together in Long Beach Monday, for what will be the campaign’s “final rally against the Republican recall.”
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia reacted to the news on Twitter, writing, “Looking forward to welcoming President @JoeBiden and Governor @GavinNewsom to Long Beach on Monday.” Garcia tweeted a short time earlier, “We are going to do everything we can to beat this recall over the next few days — and we are creating a national roadmap for Democrats to win in 2022. Take on anti-vaxxers, defend mask mandates, stand up for science and protect public health.”
Newsom campaigned in Northern California on Wednesday with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Larry Elder, considered the leading Republican in the effort to replace Newsom, dismissed the high-level support for the governor.
“If Gavin Newsom thinks that flying in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — not exactly the most admired government officials at the present time — will make him look better, that’s all you need to know about how oblivious and detached Newsom is from a large majority of Californians.”
The Long Beach stop will part of a three-state trip by Biden, who will first travel to Boise, Idaho, on Monday to visit the National Interagency Fire Center, followed by a stop in Sacramento to “survey wildfire damage,” according to The White House. Following the Newsom event later Monday, Biden will travel to Denver on Tuesday to tout his “Build Back Better” economic-recovery agenda.