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Newsom endorses Biden for president

Newsom endorses Biden for president
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia governor calls in National Guard to secure state Capitol Mississippi runs out of coronavirus vaccine as state expands eligibility Overnight Health Care: US sets new record for daily COVID deaths with over 4,300 | Johnson & Johnson vaccine has promising immune response in early trial | In-person learning doesn't appear to drive COVID cases MORE (D) has formally endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE for president, becoming the latest governor to throw their support behind the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Newsom appeared in a virtual fundraiser for Biden on Friday night, with tickets for the event held on video conferencing app Zoom going for as much as $100,000.

The California governor and the former vice president both spoke during the event, which was moderated by Democratic strategist David Plouffe, who ran former President Obama's 2008 campaign.

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"I'm so honored to be here with you and supporting your presidency," Newsom told Biden during the event. "You get it, and you've gotten it done over the course of decades. You've been on the front lines of fighting against poverty, ignorance and disease. You have a deep compassion and empathy. You see the world from other people's eyes."

The governor continued, "You’re willing to reach out to people, never talk down to people. ... That's about character. It's about decency. It's about honor."

"And you're ultimately about bringing people together and uniting this nation," Newsom added. "We are desperate, in this moment in time, for that healing, for that leadership, that stewardship, that sense of hopefulness."

Biden responded to Newsom that "if I get elected, I'm going to need you badly." He also praised the governor for his "extraordinary leadership" during the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom had previously endorsed home-state Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor using Thurgood Marshall's Bible In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE (D-Calif.) for president before she dropped out of the presidential race late last year.