- Newsom helped warm up the crowd for Biden at welcome event for APEC
- VP Harris also spoke and ran through her own political resume
- Biden, 80, said Newsom can ‘be anything he wants’
‘I want to thank him. He’s been one hell of a governor, man,’ Biden told gathered Asia Pacific leaders, after Newsom warmed up the crowd without without notes and praised his state’s diversity.
‘Matter of fact he can be anything he wants – he could have the job I’m lookin’ for,’ Biden said amid his own reelection campaign.
Newsom has become a top surrogate for Biden’s campaign, and helped him haul in an estimated $3 million at a San Francisco fundraiser Tuesday night.
He was previously mentioned as a potential Biden primary challenger, although the campaign now considers him a valuable asset in helping deliver the party message, even as Biden struggles to get his approval ratings over 40 per cent.
Biden, 80, is plowing ahead with his presidential campaign, even while some top Democratic operatives have raised alarm about his poor performance in national polls and some surveys showing him down in swing states and running slightly behind former President Donald Trump, who is battling multiple indictments.
Biden has $71 million in his campaign war chest and decades of experience, but some Democrats think they could do better with a a younger standard-bearer who hasn’t been as defined. Polls show widespread concerns about his handling of the economy, even as inflation drops and unemployment remains at historic lows.
Newsom put some of his won skills on display Wednesday evening, looking trim in his suit and smiling while giving a warm welcome to leaders and hailing California as a ‘dream’ and a ‘coming attraction.
His remarks came shortly before Vice President Harris also warmed up the crowd, smiling and running her own political resume, which included stints as District Attorney of San Francisco and Attorney General of the State.
She pointed to four overseas trips to Asia as vice president at a conference meant to strengthen ties in the Indo-Pacific.
‘As Vice President, I have traveled to Indo Pacific countries at least four times over the last few years, I have visited American sailors deployed to Japan and American soldiers at the Korean DMZ,’ said Harris.
‘And I have spent time with many of the world leaders here today in bilateral meetings, and multilateral summits, including at APEC, where I represented the United States in Bangkok last year,’ she said, at an event where Newsom scored his own bilateral meeting with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Biden’s remarks came after he held high-stakes meetings with China’s leader Xi Jinping, raising fraught topics from Taiwan to the Middle East.
It came on the second day of a trip that included a warm welcome by Newsom on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport.
At the evening event, Biden got introduced by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, one of several prominent California athletes who took part in a video with San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
Visiting leaders were also treated to a performance by Gwin Stefani, who serenaded them with ‘Don’t Speak’ and ‘Hollaback Girl.’