President Joe Biden arrived at Long Beach Airport the evening of Sept. 13 in his long-awaited trip to California in order to campaign with Gov. Gavin Newsom prior to tomorrow’s recall election.
The president pulled up on the airport tarmac at approximately 6:10 p.m. in Air Force 1, where both he and Newsom exited the plane to head over to the event in the presidential motorcade. The pair waved but did not take any questions from the nearby media, heading straight to the campaign event at Long Beach City College.
Both Biden and Newsom had come straight from Sacramento for another recall campaign event.
Arriving at the campaign event, the presidential motorcade was met with protestors outside of the college, who booed the pair and were waving American flags, video shows.
Speaking at the campaign event, Newsom urged the audience at the campaign event to vote “no” on the recall, saying California has “too much at stake” to lose if the governor is removed from power.
“What makes California great is that we can live together and advance together and prosper together across every conceivable difference. It’s a remarkable thing, it really is … The issue that defines so much of our politics, that’s all on the ballot tomorrow. Racial justice is on the ballot tomorrow night, economic justice is on the ballot tomorrow night, social justice is on the ballot tomorrow night, Long Beach environmental justice is on the ballot tomorrow night,” Newsom said.
Coming up after Newsom, Biden also urged voters to vote no on the recall, claiming it would reverse actions taken by Governor Newsom.
“The decision you are about to make is going to have a huge impact on California; it’s going to reverberate around the nation, and quite frankly—not a joke—around the world,” Biden told the audience at the campaign event.
“All of you know the last year I got to run against the real Donald Trump,” Biden said. “This year, the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen in your state. I really mean it. He’s leading the other team; he is a clone of Donald Trump. Can you imagine him being governor of the state? You can’t let that happen. There’s too much at stake.”