California Gov. Newsom says he is ‘hopeful’ that VP Harris will succeed Biden as president

Vice President Kamala Harris has done a terrible job thus far in her role, so much so that there are rumors circulating that some Democrats don’t want to see her in the position of being the heir apparent once President Joe Biden leaves office.

There is one prominent Democrat who is not embracing those rumors, though, as California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) recently expressed how “hopeful” he was that Harris would become the next president of the United States, Breitbart reported.

Of course, Newsom’s expressed support for Harris shouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, given the fact that both California Democrats arose through the ranks of their state out of the San Francisco area along similar timelines and trajectories and have long been considered allies.

Newsom signals support for Harris

Gov. Newsom’s stated hope for a Harris presidency came during a recent interview he conducted with the editorial board of the San Francisco Chronicle and was in response to a query about his own potential presidential ambitions.

Newsom, who is running for re-election to a second term in November, was asked by the Chronicle if he would vow to serve out his entire term, which would end in 2027 if re-elected, before launching a presidential bid of his own.

“Yeah, I mean, I have sub-zero interest. It’s not even on my radar,” the governor said of a prospective run for the White House.

Turning his attention to Harris, who he expected to be Biden’s eventual successor, Newsom added, “I’m hopeful that she’s the next president of the United States.”

Majority disapprove of Harris as VP

Yet, while Gov. Newsom would apparently like to see VP Harris ascend to the presidency, a solid majority of the nation’s voters would not, as has been revealed in countless polls since she and President Biden first took office in January 2021.

A poll from The Trafalgar Group between April 18-20 found that Harris only garnered the approval of 28.5 percent of voters while 62.6 percent disapproved of the vice president.

Broken down along party lines, the opposition to a Harris presidency is undeniable, as only a mere 13.5 percent of Republicans approve of her, only 23.5 percent of independents approve, and even among her own fellow Democrats, Harris received the approval of just 51.5 percent of Democratic voters.

Majority hold unfavorable view of Harris

Supporters of Vice President Harris would undoubtedly dismiss that Trafalgar Group poll as a biased outlier, but other more mainstream and accepted polling outfits haven’t put forward a much better picture in terms of the vice president’s favorability with the American people.

According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, only 39.8 percent of those polled hold a favorable opinion of Harris while 51 percent have an unfavorable view, and those figures are unlikely to improve much at all — and may even decline further — in the coming months and years.

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