President Joe Biden arrived in California Monday and was greeted by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s facing a recall election Tuesday.
Biden and Newsom will tour fire damage near Sacramento and then travel to Long Beach, California for a Monday night campaign rally.
The trip marked Biden’s first tour out west as president.
HERE TO HELP: President Joe Biden (right) was greeted by California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom (left) who faces a recall election Tuesday
Earlier, Biden met with federal and state fire officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho including the state’s Republican Gov. Brad Little.
‘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.
Biden’s visit marked the first time a president had come to the Idaho facility.
‘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,’ Biden said, linking the elongated fire season to climate change.
In both Idaho and California, wildwires have become a year-round problem.
‘We can’t continue to try to ignore reality,’ Biden said. ‘And the reality is, we have a global warming problem.’
There are a number of climate change provisions in Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget bill that is still being debated on Capitol Hill.
The spending package can be passed through the process of Senate reconciliation, allowing it to pass with only Democrats, but centrist Democratic Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin have yet to commit their votes.
President Joe Biden attends a briefing at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho Monday during the first stop on his two-day west coast swing – his first as president
President Joe Biden (right) arrives in Boise, Idaho and greets Mayor Lauren McLean (left)
Biden will make a stop in Colorado on his way back to Washington Tuesday.
After a rocky few weeks for the first-term president amid the U.S.’s disastrous from Afghanistan, Biden was trying to showcase that the federal government can work.
His visit to Idaho, a red state, attracted pro-Trump and anti-vaccine mandate protesters outside the National Interagency Fire Center and outside the state capitol.
He talked about how he used the Defense Production Act last month to boost firehose production, to better prepare the country’s firefighers to fight wildfires.
Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre pointed to the devastating fire season when asked why Biden waited until election eve to make a trip in support of Newsom.
She was also tight-lipped aboard Air Force One when asked to preview Biden’s rally remarks, as it’s a political event and not one 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.
President Joe Biden (right) sits alongside Idaho Gov. Brad Little (left), a Republican, at the National Interagency Fire Center
Kevin Reed (left), 52, of Boise, Idaho and Michael Christopher (right), 59, of Eagle, Idaho, join protesters outside the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise as they gather for President Joe Biden’s visit on Monday
A protester holds up a ‘BIDEN SUCKS’ surgical mask at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise Monday, as the president traveled to the deep red state to talk about wildfires
The ‘BIDEN SUCKS’ surgical mask is tossed into a fire outside the Idaho Statehouse in Boise on Monday
Harris’ appearance in California was delayed due to the terror attack outside of Kabul’s airport in August, which killed 13 American servicemembers. She traveled to the Bay Area and appeared with Newsom on Wednesday.
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.