U.S Politics: Rumors have been swirling for months about the possibility of a Gavin Newsom and Michelle Obama ticket in 2024. The two Democrats are widely popular amid their party, and they would present a compelling contrast to Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, has long been seen as a potential Democratic presidential candidate. He is telegenic and charismatic with a mixed track in government. He is an advocate for progressive policies, such as climate change action and gun control.
Newsom has been repeatedly asked about his presidential ambitions, but he has so far continued to voice his support for Joe Biden in 2024. He has said that he is focused on his job as governor of California and helping the Democrat party.
Gavin Newsom has also made it clear that he is interested in national politics and foreign relations. In recent weeks Newsom has traveled to Israel and is currently in China where he just met with Xi Jinping.
I wish I was president of the United States,” he told reporters when asked about meeting with Israeli leaders, particularly to discuss a potential ceasefire with Hamas. He added afterward that he was joking. “I could start doing all those things. (Source)
As the 2024 presidential election approaches, speculation is also mounting about who else might be on the Democratic ticket. One name that has been floated in recent months is Michelle Obama, the former first lady and wife of former President Barack Obama.
Michelle Obama is a skilled campaigner and fundraiser, and her presence on the ticket could help to energize Democratic voters, especially Black voters as well as attract new supporters.
Speculation around Michelle Obama includes her being at the top of the ticket.
Democrats say Michelle Obama has the "it" factor that could maybe beat Donald Trump in 2024. (Source)
Newsom and Obama are both strong supporters of the Green New Deal, immigration, abortion rights, the LGBTQ community, criminal reforms and gun control.
Black Political Opinion: Newsom & Obama: Democratic dream ticket or progressive nightmare for 2024?
Newsom and Obama are both strong supporters of liberal immigration. They have both said that they would work to make it easier for immigrants to come to the United States.
California first to cover health care for all immigrants guaranteeing free health care for all low-income immigrants living in the country illegally, a move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year. (Associated Ptress)
In fundraising speeches during campaign season, Michelle Obama has voiced her support for a more liberal immigration policy. (Source)
Newsom and Obama are both strong supporters of gun control. They have both said we need to work to pass stricter gun control laws. This could lead to major infringements on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.
A poll by Quinnipiac University found that 70% of California voters do not want Gavin Newsom to run for president in 2024. This includes 54% of Democrats. Only 22% of those surveyed said they do support the idea of Newsom running for the White House.
Numbers suggest Michelle Obama would have greater approval ratings (48 per cent) than Biden (36 per cent) if she declared right now that she would be running for president. (Source)
A Newsom-Obama ticket would likely pursue a number of policies that would further increase government spending and debt.
In addition to their economic policies, Newsom and Obama are also strong supporters of social progressive policies.
In short, a progressive ticket of Gavin Newsom and Michelle Obama might be a continuation of the current conditions in the U.S today.
Black Political Opinion is a multi-part opinion-editorial series that looks at various political topics, news, and views, from the perspective of a Black female, conservative leaning Independent.