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July 03, 2024

California Gov. Gavin Newsom to campaign for Biden in Bucks County on Saturday

The president and Jill Biden will be in Philadelphia on Saturday to speak at a national teachers union conference.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom will make two campaign stops in Pennsylvania on behalf of President Biden during the holiday weekend. One will be in Bucks County. Biden will be in Philadelphia on Sunday. This photo shows Newsom at the presidential debate on June 27.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom will campaign for President Joe Biden on Saturday at a rally in Bucks County, the Biden campaign said Wednesday, and on Friday, he'll be stumping for the president in Pittsburgh, the campaign confirmed.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden will appear in Philadelphia on Sunday at a National Education Association conference, for their first joint Pennsylvania event since the June 27 presidential debate.

The Saturday morning Bucks County event, the exact location of which had not been announced Wednesday afternoon, will be a rally "slamming Donald Trump's attacks on our democracy and threats to our fundamental rights and freedoms," according to the Biden campaign. Newsom will appear with state Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-Bucks), state Rep. Tim Brennan (D-Bucks), Bucks County Commissioner Diane Ellis-Marseglia, and Ashley Ehasz, the Democratic candidate running to unseat U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-1st District).

Bucks County is widely viewed as the lone remaining swing county in the Philadelphia region, and is key for both presidential candidates. Biden beat Trump here in 2020, and Hillary Clinton eked out a win in Bucks County over Trump in 2016, but by a much smaller margin.

The Friday event in Pittsburgh will be in the early afternoon, but the campaign did not have details yet on the location as of Wednesday afternoon.

It's not the first time Newsom has stumped for Biden in 2024; he's been a frequent surrogate for the president's reelection campaign, even telling NBC's Meet the Press in February that it was because of Biden's age "that he's been so successful" as president.

But pundits have speculated that Newsom and a handful of other Democratic governors, including Josh Shapiro of Pennsylvania and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, are on the list of possible replacements for Biden on the Democratic ticket if he decided to step down. While it seems unlikely nearly a week later, after Biden's poor performance during the first debate with former President Donald Trump, a near-constant chorus of columnists and Beltway insiders have suggested the 81-year-old Biden should step aside in favor of a younger alternative as Democrats' nominee.

But Newsom has said he is not considering it.

"I would never turn my back on President Biden. Never turn my back on President Biden," he said after the debate. "I don't know a Democrat in my party that would do so. And especially after tonight, we have his back. We run not the 90-yard dash. We're all in. We're going to double down in the next few months."

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