Biden touches down in Idaho on the first stop of his two-day west coast tour: President meets with fire officials in Boise to discuss devastating wildfires before heading to California to rally with Gov. Newsom
- President Joe Biden arrived in Boise, Idaho Monday for the first stop on his two-day west coast swing – his first as president
- Biden will meet with federal and state fire officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, before surveying fire damage in Sacramento
- He’ll then travel to Long Beach, California where he’ll give a boost to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s facing a recall election Tuesday
President Joe Biden arrived in Boise, Idaho Monday for the first stop on his two-day west coast swing – his first as president.
Biden will meet with federal and state fire officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, before surveying fire damage in Sacramento.
He’ll then travel to Long Beach, California where he’ll give a boost to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s facing a recall election Tuesday.
‘I’m here to hear what’s on your mind and what more I should be doing, my administration should be doing to try to help,’ Biden said at the National Interagency Fire Center. ‘You know the time of the year when the air fills with smoke and the sky turns a little orange, but that time of year is getting earlier, every year.’
President Joe Biden (right) arrives in Boise, Idaho and greets Mayor Lauren McLean (left)
Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was tight-lipped on Air Force One, refusing to preview Biden’s message at the Monday night rally, as it’s a political event and not one being put on by the U.S. government.
Other top Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, have already made the trek out west to stump for Newsom, encouraging Democrats not to allow a ‘Trump Republican’ into California’s governor’s mansion.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump was setting the table to contest the election pointing to California’s use of mail-in ballots.
‘Does anybody really believe the California Recall Election isn’t rigged? Millions and millions of Mail-In Ballots will make this just another giant Election Scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 Presidential Election Scam!’ Trump wrote in a statement Monday.
California is the largest blue state in the nation.
In 2020, Biden won the state over Trump by 29.2 points and by more than 5 million votes.
However, the state has recalled a Democratic governor once in the past and replaced him with a Republican.
In 2003, Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Recent polling shows Newsom breaking away from the threat of being replaced by a Republican.
FiveThirtyEight.com’s compilation of polls showed on Monday that 57.5 per cent of California voters wanted Newsom to stay in office, while 40.8 per cent planned to vote for his removal.
A month ago, polls were essentially tied among Californians who planned to vote ‘no’ on the recall, which would allow the Democrat to remain, and those who planned to vote ‘yes,’ to oust him.
The second question on the recall ballot asks Californians to choose a Newsom replacement.
The top choice remains conservative radio show host Larry Elder.