California Governor Gavin Newsom staunchly supported President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities amidst claims to the contrary, during a debate with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Newsom expressed unequivocal confidence in Biden, stating during the debate on Fox News, “I would back Joe Biden at any stage against Ron DeSantis, any day of the week.”
DeSantis, countering Newsom’s assertions, argued that President Biden was not fit for the presidency, deeming him a liability to the nation. He suggested that Newsom’s own covert campaign activities indicated a lack of faith in Biden’s capabilities, despite Newsom not publicly conceding this point.
Newsom retorted, asserting that Biden’s confirmation as the Democratic nominee for the 2024 presidential race was imminent, and projected that DeSantis would soon be backing former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
The debate took an interesting turn as both governors were prompted to assign a grade to President Biden’s performance thus far. Newsom’s response was an “A” rating, underscoring his approval of Biden’s tenure, while DeSantis offered a starkly contrasting “F” grade, reflecting his disapproval.
This exchange provided Newsom and DeSantis, who is actively pursuing a presidential bid for 2024, with a platform to present their political stances to a wider electorate. Amid ongoing speculation about President Biden’s vitality and campaign prospects, particularly against Trump, the debate spotlighted the growing scrutiny faced by America’s oldest serving president.