President Joe Biden praised California Gov. Gavin Newsom on his victory over a Republican-led attempt to recall the Democratic governor, describing the result as a “resounding victory” for pandemic security measures such as warrants vaccination.
“This vote is a resounding victory for the approach he and I share to defeat the pandemic: stringent vaccine requirements, strong measures to reopen schools safely, and solid plans to distribute real medicine – and not bogus treatments – to help those who get sick, “Biden said in a statement on Wednesday. “The fact that voters in traditionally Democratic and traditionally Republican parts of the state rejected the recall shows that Americans are uniting to take these steps to put the pandemic behind us. “
Californians voted Tuesday to keep Newsom in power, overcoming a long and costly effort to impeach him about a year before his term expires. While some early polls have indicated Newsom is in real danger of losing his job, more recent polls have shown he wins easily. He also received a boost when top Democrats rallied around him – and when controversial statements by GOP main challenger Larry Elder came to light.
“The decision you’re about to make… it’s going to reverberate across the country,” Biden told a crowd in Long Beach, Calif. On Monday night during a last-minute campaign shutdown on behalf of. Newsom. “You all know that last year I had to fight the real Donald Trump. This year’s leading Republican gubernatorial candidate is the closest I have ever seen to a Trump clone in your state.
Biden was referring to Elder, a conservative radio host who was the runaway frontrunner to replace Newsom if the recall effort was successful. Elder has pledged to reverse many of the coronavirus mitigation policies Newsom has put in place, including vaccine warrants and mask rules. Elder also aroused anger over his statements attacking reproductive rights as well as comments he made while downplaying the threat of climate change.
Newsom, who was elected in 2018, faced potential recalls in the early days of his governorship, but none succeeded until the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the United States in March 2020. Newsom’s decision to impose tough measures to stop the spread of COVID -19, such as closing schools and some businesses, has won praise from most Californians, but many conservatives have gotten to it. opposites. Coupled with public faux pas, such as the infamous Governor’s Dinner at The French Laundry, a high-priced Napa Valley restaurant, amid strict pandemic restrictions imposed across the state, these actions have given supporters of the recall the momentum they needed to get the recall on the ballot, especially after receiving a four-month extension to collect signatures due to the pandemic.
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