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Newsom stumps for Biden in Pennsylvania, deflects on if 'open convention' would tempt him: 'Legit question'

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom, while campaigning for President Biden in the battleground state of Pennsylvania over the weekend, was asked about his own prospects should the Democratic incumbent exit the race. 

A longtime top Biden campaign surrogate, Newsom has rallied behind the president’s re-election bid, making stops in Michigan and Pennsylvania in recent days. Yet his own name has been floated as a potential replacement for Biden should the 81-year-old president step aside and allow for an open convention, when Democratic delegates convene in Chicago next month to formally decide their nominee. 

At an event in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, Newsom said a second term for former President Trump would equate to “America in reverse” and touted the Biden-Harris administration’s record on the economy. 

On the heels of a disastrous debate performance for Biden, one reporter asked the California governor afterward, “If it comes to an open convention, will you run?

“No, I mean it’s not even…” Newsom began. Interjecting, the reporter pressed: “Absolutely not?”

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NEWSOM DOUBLES DOWN ON SUPPORT FOR BIDEN IN MICHIGAN: ‘I BELIEVE IN HIS CHARACTER’

“That’s not even, it’s to me, it’s the hypothetical that gets in the way of progress in terms of promoting this candidacy,” Newsom said. 

“That’s a legit question, but it’s exactly where the other party wants us to be is having this internal fight,” Newsom added. “And I think it’s extraordinarily unhelpful. Said that literally the second after the debate. It was my first public comments. So I’ve been consistent in this belief, not just privately, but publicly.” 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom greets supporters during a campaign event for President Biden on Saturday, July 6, 2024, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. (Joe Lamberti for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Newsom’s swing through the battlegrounds came following a private meeting between Biden and Democratic governors hosted at the White House on Wednesday. 

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Biden is facing increasing calls to step aside amid concerns his age and mental fitness jeopardize Democrats’ chances against Trump in November. 

At a campaign rally in Wisconsin – another battleground – on Friday, Biden himself addressed speculation on whether he’d drop out, telling the crowd: “I am running and going to win again.” 

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“I’m not letting one 90 minute debate wipe out three and a half years of work,” Biden added. 

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President Biden speaks at a campaign rally at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin, Friday, July 5, 2024. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Yet, after the rally and the president’s interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos that aired Friday, Rep.  Angie Craig, D-Minn., became the fifth and latest House Democrat to call on Biden to step aside. 

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In Doylestown, Fox News confronted Newsom on the number, asking: “Are you concerned that by continuing to support President Biden when other elected officials seem to be seeing something wrong with him, that you’re damaging your credibility in the long run?” 

“No. Look, there’s a handful of folks that may have different opinions,” Newsom said. “The vast majority of the caucus remains solidly behind the president – president made that point very effectively yesterday in the interview, and that his speech in Wisconsin was very, very, very good. We’re going to see him out here in Pennsylvania in the next day or so. And, and we’re just, you know, staying the course, have his back.”

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom gave a forceful defense of President Biden during a stop on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at the Van Buren County Democratic Party Fourth of July reception in South Haven, Michigan. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

“And so I really believe in the president, believe in his character. I believe in his confidence, in his capacity. I wouldn’t be out here, 4th of July weekend, missing my kids and families unless I really believed it,” he added. 

Earlier at the event, Newsom told Biden supporters that the 2024 election is about daylight versus darkness, right versus wrong, chaos versus incompetence and “the fate and future of our democracy.” 

 

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“It’s America in reverse. They want to bring us back to a pre-1960s world,” Newsom said of Trump supporters. “And you are the front lines of that opposition. You are the folks that can make sure that does not happen. Voting rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, not just access to abortion, access to contraception, all of those things are on the ballot. Bucks County, and we are counting on you. America’s counting on you. The world is counting on you. I’ve counted on you. My four kids are counting on you. Thank you for being here today. Thank you for being here tomorrow. Thank you for being here on Election Day. We are going to save democracy and bring back Biden-Harris for four more years.” 

Biden is expected to deliver remarks in Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon. 

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Newsom gives pep talk to DNC staff: 'Worry less': report

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President Biden’s campaign held an all-hands conference call on Monday with Democratic National Committee staffers, hoping to address collapsing morale, according to a report. 

The Biden team is reportedly holding the events to tamp down concerns among the staffers with pep talks from DNC superstars as widespread criticism and calls to step down from both Republicans and Democrats has created a tense environment within the White House.

“I plead with you: Worry less, do the work,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom told Biden staffers on the call, according to Axios. “I think there is an old African proverb that says, ‘You wanna go fast, go alone. You wanna go far, go together.’ And that’s what this is all about.”

CAMPAIGN CRISIS: DEMS WHO HAVE CALLED FOR BIDEN TO DROP OUT OR RAISED CONCERNS ABOUT HIS HEALTH

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks with supporters during a stop at the Van Buren County Democratic Party Fourth of July reception in South Haven, Michigan. (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

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“There’s never been a president in our lifetimes — I don’t know if there ever will be again — that’s delivered more than President Biden. It’s just a fact,” the governor added, according to the report.

Leaks from staff have become increasingly common despite leadership’s efforts to keep the administration glued together. 

“Here in HQ, we’re working really hard because on winning campaigns, you work really hard,” Biden campaign spokesperson Kevin Munoz reportedly said. 

BIDEN ‘WORKING THE PHONES’ IN BATTLE TO SAVE RE-ELECTION BID, WITH DEMOCRATS STARTING TO RETURN TO HIS CAMP

President Biden speaks at White House Fourth of July barbecue

President Biden, center, speaks during a barbecue with active duty military service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. (Tierney L. Cross/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

He added, “There’s an immense sense of pride across our office, because we know how important and critical that work we are doing here is for the fate of our democracy.”

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Biden has been facing mounting calls from members within his own party to step aside and suspend his re-election campaign following his disastrous debate performance last month. 

However, Biden is going all in to tamp down dissent among lawmakers, activists and pundits pushing for Democrats to dump him as the nominee, and rescue his suddenly tenuous candidacy, sources previously told Fox News Digital. 

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President Biden speaks at a campaign rally in Madison, Wisconsin. (Kyle Mazza/Anadolu via Getty Images)

Amid numerous reports of House and Senate Democrats planning to abandon Biden over the weekend, the president began the day Monday by sending a letter to congressional Democrats saying he is “firmly committed to staying in this race” and argued that any further questioning of his candidacy “only helps Trump and hurts us.” 

Biden also participated in a virtual meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus on Monday night.

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A spokesperson for the White House did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment. Fox News Digital has also reached out to the Democratic National Convention for remarks. 

Fox News Digital’s Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Camp Day: San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teams up with EOTA Foundation for youth football clinic (Photo Gallery)

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Camp Day: San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teams up with EOTA Foundation for youth football clinic (Photo Gallery)


  • San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. Rutgers offensive lineman Hollin Pierce gives instructions here. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. Bill Hackett, a defensive back who played at the University at Albany, instructs campers here. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. Trenton mayor Reed Gusciora, center, stopped by with councilwoman Yazminelly Gonzalez, right, and Trenton High athletic director Matt Paglione, left. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Ji’Ayir Brown teamed up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation to bring a youth football clinic for grades 4-12 to Trenton Central High School on Saturday afternoon. (Kyle Franko/ Trentonian Photo)

TRENTON — Ji’Ayir Brown will never forget where he came from no matter how many interceptions he racks up in the National Football League.

That’s why the San Francisco 49ers safety was back in the capital city on Saturday afternoon to team up with the Education Outweighs Them All Foundation for a youth football clinic at Trenton Central High School.

A strong turnout of youngsters from grades 4-to-12 came out for instruction from Brown and other former and current Trenton High players and coaches. Included on that list were Rutgers offensive tackle Hollin Pierce and former University at Albany defensive back Bill Hackett.

After a morning of drills in the sun, campers got a chance for pictures and autographs.

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Brown is coming off a rookie season with the 49ers in which he started in the Super Bowl and intercepted Patrick Mahomes in the third quarter. He also finished with 11 tackles in the Super Bowl.

The 49ers drafted Brown in the third round after he starred at Penn State.

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Denver heat wave: Record-breaking heat continues through the weekend

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Denver heat wave: Record-breaking heat continues through the weekend


DENVER — The record-breaking heat will continue through the weekend, bringing triple-digit highs across Colorado’s urban corridor, including Denver, and the plains through Sunday.

A heat advisory remains in effect for the eastern half of the state. On Saturday and Sunday, afternoon temperatures will reach 100 to 105 degrees, with overnight low temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s.

And escaping the heat by heading to the high country may not be much of a reprieve. According to the National Weather Service, some of the high mountain valleys could even make it to the 90-degree mark.

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Friday’s temperatures also broke records when Denver officially reached 102 degrees at Denver International Airport, breaking the record high temperature for July 11 of 101 degrees in 1971, according to historical National Weather Service data.

Weather forecasters and health officials warn Coloradans to stay hydrated and limit outdoor activities during the peak afternoon hours, especially those people who are susceptible to weather-related health issues. Heat is the top cause of weather-related fatalities nationwide.

“Highs will soar into the 100-105 degree range each day, and the prolonged period of heat will add to heat stress on people and outdoor animals,” added the National Weather Service (NWS) in Boulder.

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Denver will see a slight heat relief from the heat on Monday when temperatures are expected to climb to the mid to upper 90s. But Tuesday and Wednesday are shaping up to bring even a higher chance of relief with lower afternoon temperatures and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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While these temperatures are significantly higher than the norm for this time of year, it’s worth remembering that Colorado and Denver have endured their fair share of triple-digit misery.

The Mile High City has seen 106 instances of such extreme heat since 1872, according to the National Weather Service.

However, it’s important to note that Denver rarely experiences consecutive days of 100-degree weather, with only 15 such occurrences on record.

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On three occasions — June 2012, July 2005, and July 1989—Denver experienced five consecutive days of temperatures reaching 100 degrees or more, the most consecutive triple-digit days the city has seen.

According to NWS records, the last time Denver experienced a triple whammy of 100-degree days—what we will likely experience this weekend—was in June 2021.

The hottest temperature recorded in Denver was 105 degrees, which occurred only on five occasions since 1872. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Colorado was 115 degrees. That record occurred on July 20, 2019, near Lamar in southeast Colorado.

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