In Break From Biden Campaign, Biden Ally Gov. Newsom Calls for Presidential Debates

By Hamodia Staff

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool)

Biden’s campaign has refused to commit to any general election debates so far this year.

Gov. of California Gavin Newsom, a major ally of President Joe Biden, said Saturday that the incumbent should debate former President Donald Trump; a marked deviation from the Biden campaign’s posturing.

Biden has, as of yet, refused to commit to a debate with Trump, who has won every Republican nomination contest thus far and is ahead of his opponent, former U.N Ambassador Nikki Haley, by an average of 30 points. Haley, who lost a Saturday primary election in her home state of South Carolina by 30 points, has vowed to stay until at least after Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states hold primaries.

When asked by an NBC News anchor on Saturday if Biden should debate Trump, if both are their respective party’s nominees , Newsom responded “100%.”

“Biden beat Trump in the prior debates. I look forward to it,” Newsom said.

Newsom called attention to Trump’s refusal to debate GOP rivals, all of which dropped out of the race besides Haley.

“This is … pure projection on a guy who refused to debate in his own primary,” he added, saying it was “weakness masquerading as strength.”

Trump’s stated reason why he refused to debate was that he was far ahead in the polls and did not see the challenger’s as a threat worth addressing, but he has expressed a desire to debate Biden. Earlier this month, Trump said he wanted to debate Biden “immediately,” and said that such a show down would be “for the good of the country.”

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