Obama backs Newsom in TV ad ahead of California recall vote
Former President Obama called on California voters to reject the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom in a TV ad launched statewide on Thursday.
Why it matters: Obama is the latest high-profile Democrat to back Newsom against GOP-led efforts to oust him. Newsom faces challenges from numerous candidates, including conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who's emerged as his biggest threat. Elder's image is featured in Obama's ad.
What he's saying: Obama tells voters in the ad they have a "big choice" to make in Tuesday's election, praising Newsom for his pandemic response measures.
- "Republicans are trying to recall him from office and overturn common-sense COVID safety measures for health care workers and school staff," Obama says.
- "Your vote could be the difference between protecting our kids and putting them at risk, helping Californians recover or taking us backward."