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Newsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat

Newsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Portland mayor pepper-sprays man after confrontation at restaurant Overnight Health Care: Biden says anyone who wants vaccine may be able to get it by spring | Moderna says vaccine effective on variants, but tests booster shot | California lifts regional stay-at-home order MORE (D) on Wednesday said he has already received a number of pitches from people who are seeking to fill Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE’s Senate seat if she and Joe BidenJoe BidenDobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Should deficits matter any more? Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE win the White House this November.

“You may be the only one that hasn’t, unless you just did, and that is only slight exaggeration,” Newsom told a reporter at a press conference when asked if people had already pitched themselves to be the California Democrat's successor in the upper chamber.

Newsom, who would appoint a replacement to Harris’s seat for the rest of her term should she and Biden win in November, said he is not focused on the issue at the moment as California works to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 

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“I can’t be any more pointed privately than I am publicly. That’s not what I’m focused on right now. I’m focused on what I need to be focused on, and that’s you and your health. That’s the economy and its needs and the support we need to provide small businesses and the priority of getting our kids back in school. That’s what matters to you, and that’s what matters to me as my top priority,” he said. 

Several names have already floated as to who could fill the rest of Harris’s term, which ends in early 2023. Among them are Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' MORE (D-Calif.), another former prospective vice presidential pick; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffLobbying from the center Glenn Greenwald warns against media censorship amid concerns over domestic terrorism Biden to keep Wray as FBI director MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; and California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraBiden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate Ex-TSA agent sentenced to jail for tricking woman into showing breasts at security The Hill's Morning Report - Biden: Focus on vaccine, virus, travel MORE.

Newsom, who has worked closely with Harris in California politics for a number of years, said he was proud she was picked to join Biden’s ticket and praised her “character and competency and her devotion to the cause that I think unites the vast majority of us.”

“It is a proud moment, historic, and it’s a very meaningful ... moment for California,” he said.

Biden first announced Tuesday that Harris would be his running mate, making her the first Black and Indian American woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket.