This remark comes at a time when Biden's approval rating is dwindling, and there is growing dissatisfaction within his own party.
During a welcome reception for APEC Leaders in San Francisco, Biden praised Newsom, saying, "I want to talk about Governor Newsom. I want to thank him. He’s been one hell of a governor, man. Matter of fact, he could be anything he wants. He could have the job I’m looking for." This statement was made at what the APEC 2023 website described as "the most significant event with world leaders in San Francisco in recent history."
Newsom has recently been the subject of speculation regarding a potential "shadow campaign" for the presidency, following his trips to Israel during its conflict with Hamas and a subsequent visit to China to meet with President Xi Jinping.
Representative Doug LaMalfa, a Republican from California, expressed his skepticism about Newsom's international travels, telling Fox News Digital, "The track record is not good for him to be gallivanting around the world doing basically a shadow campaign for president, just waiting for the moment when they finally decide to throw Biden under the bus."
LaMalfa further suggested that Biden is the "starter" and Newsom is the "backup quarterback" in the 2024 race, as more Democrats voice their concern over the strength of a Biden nomination.
Former Democratic Representative Tim Ryan recently expressed his doubts about a Biden candidacy, telling CNN, "I don't think the President should run. I don't think Trump should run; I don't think President Biden should run."
David Axelrod, a former advisor to President Obama, also questioned the wisdom of a Biden nomination for the Democratic Party in the next election cycle. He posted on social media, "Only @JoeBiden can make this decision. If he continues to run, he will be the nominee of the Democratic Party. What he needs to decide is whether that is wise; whether it's in HIS best interest or the country's?"
An anonymous former state lawmaker in Michigan suggested that Biden is a "transitional president," stating, "It feels like he was the perfect person for 2020. But not for 2024. He’s a transitional President, and you have to know when to transition, and it is now."
While some Democrats are urging Biden to step aside, Senator John Fetterman, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, accused Newsom of running a shadow campaign and lacking the "guts to announce it."
Biden's campaign manager, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, praised Newsom on the eve of the second Republican presidential nomination debate in September, stating that Newsom has been a "tremendous asset to the campaign, and we're really grateful to have him as part of our national advisory board."
Newsom has publicly stated that he will not run against Biden in 2024. However, if Biden were to withdraw from the race, Axios predicts that potential Democratic alternatives are positioning themselves to enter the race.
As concerns over a 2024 Biden campaign grow among Democrats and strategists, recent surveys from Fox News and Quinnipiac University reveal that 59% of voters currently disapprove of Biden's job performance as President.
A recent CNN poll also found Biden trailing Trump by four percentage points, 49%-45%, among registered voters in a hypothetical 2024 matchup.
Democratic Representative Dean Phillips from Minnesota and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson are both running in the primary against Biden, who will turn 81 years old on November 20 and continue making history as the oldest American President to date.