California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe Hill's Morning Report: Biden takes it on the chin Newsom denies parole for RFK assassin Why California needs a Latino state supreme court justice MORE (D) has formally endorsed Joe BidenJoe BidenMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures US raises concerns about Russian troop movements to Belarus Putin tests a model for invading Ukraine, outwitting Biden's diplomats 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 ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCould the coming 'red wave' election become a 'red tsunami'? Bottom line Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle MORE's 2008 campaign.
"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 HarrisMadame Tussauds unveils new Biden and Harris figures Democrats ponder Plan B strategy to circumvent voting rights filibuster Watch: Lawmakers, activists, family members call for voting rights legislation on MLK day MORE (D-Calif.) for president before she dropped out of the presidential race late last year.