Sep 13, 2021
Joe Biden Campaign Speech Transcript for California Gov. Gavin Newsom Recall Election
President Joe Biden campaigned for California Gov. Gavin Newsom on September 13, 2021. He urged voters to vote “No” in the recall election. Read the transcript here.
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President Joe Biden: (00:01)
… it’s good to be back in your town. Last time out here, we were talking about infrastructure. Now, we got a lot of money coming this way. We’ve got a lot working. We’ve got an infrastructure bill that we passed, and we’re going to do an awful lot more to build this incredible, incredible economy. Someone was saying to me earlier today, the most diverse state in the nation. Matter of fact, I think it was your Senator. The most diverse state in the nation, the most different state in the nation, the biggest state in the nation, and has the one of the largest economies in the world, and no one sees any inconsistency there. It’s because we’re diverse. You have the largest economy in the world.
President Joe Biden: (00:52)
Senator Padilla, thank you for your leadership in the United States Senate. You’re doing an incredible job. And I know she was here last week, but I’ve got to give a shout out to my favorite daughter of California who’s always talking about you all. Talks about you all the time like I talk about Delaware. She loves you. Matter of fact, she thinks you’re the only state in the nation, Vice President Kamala Harris.
President Joe Biden: (01:19)
Of course, the reason I’m here and you’re all over here is to thank and support our friend, Governor Gavin Newsom, one the best governors in the country. California, I’m not sure you know it, but if you didn’t know it, you showed. The eyes of the nation, this is not hyperbole, the eyes of nation on California, because the decision you’re about to make isn’t just 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. And here’s why.
President Joe Biden: (02:05)
All of you know, the last year I got to run against the real Donald Trump. Well, this year, the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I’ve ever seen in your state. No, I really mean it. He’s leading the other team. He’s the clone of Donald Trump. Can you imagine him being governor of this state? You can’t let that happen. There’s too much at stake. And here’s why it’s so important for you all to vote no on the recall. First, voting no will be protecting California from Trump Republicans trying to block us from beating this pandemic.
President Joe Biden: (03:14)
COVID-19. Gavin Newsom has had the courage to lead, stand up for science, for the very thing he’s been one of the leading governors in the nation, protecting people and vaccinating his state. Meanwhile, we see something else in parts of America. Right now, there are certain Republican governors like the governor of Mississippi talking to me about being dictatorial about demanding that people get vaccinated or tested. People are doing everything they can to block or undermine the life-saving mandates we proposed, putting their people at risk, putting their children at risk, putting their states at risk. And here’s the worst thing. For these Republican governors, it isn’t about public health, about the health of the people. It’s about politics.
President Joe Biden: (04:09)
Look, folks, just look at the hypocrisy. The same governors who are attacking me and your governor for COVID-19 mandates are in states with some of the strictest vaccine mandates for children attending school in the whole country. Talk about inconsistency. In Mississippi, children are required to be vaccinated against measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, hepatitis B, polio, tetanus, and more. It’s a state requirement. Now, in the midst of this pandemic that has taken over 650,000 lives, I propose a mandate for COVID-19 vaccines, and it’s an outrage. It’s an infringement on freedom.
President Joe Biden: (04:58)
Look, folks, we don’t need politics in this battle against COVID. We need science. We need courage. We need leadership. We need Gavin Newsom, a governor who follow science, who’s got the courage to do what’s right, and will lead… I apologize for coughing. Last week, I laid out a six part plan for the fall to beat this pandemic. First, vaccinate the unvaccinated with new vaccine requirements. Two, protect the vaccinated. Three, keep children safe in school. And four, increase testing and masking, and keep our economy going strong and take care of people with COVID-19. That’s what the science tells us. We have to beat the Delta variant of COVID-19. Gavin will be a governor who will help us finish the job. Folks, send a message to the nation. Courage matters. Leadership matters. Science matters. Vote to keep Gavin, get vaccinated to save lives.
President Joe Biden: (06:40)
Second, by voting no, you’ll be keeping a governor who respects women, instead of someone who wrote that women know less about politics and economics than men. He hadn’t met my wife. Look, if you have any doubt about how important it is to have Gavin, who respects women’s rights, just take a look at what’s happening to states like Texas. They just passed the law empowering complete strangers to become bounty hunters, going after women who exercise their right to choose, a law that the United States Supreme Court refused to stop. Now, other states say they’re looking to replicate the Texas law. If you don’t think women’s rights are under assault, you’re not looking. California, keep Gavin Newsom and send a message to the nation. Women are to be respected and their rights protected.
President Joe Biden: (07:52)
Third, by voting no, you’ll be protecting California from another Trump climate denier, who said global warming is, “A crock,” and depicts it as a myth. Look, it’s hard to believe there’s any climate deniers left in America. Let me tell you something, there are. The last place you want someone like that is in the governor’s office in California. Y’all see what’s happening. Wild fires burning 2 million acres in California this year alone. 5 million acres have burned, 5.9 in the region. That’s bigger than the entire state of New Jersey, and it’s a big state. The governor and I were just in Sacramento for a briefing on the Caldor Fire. Last week, I saw the destruction and the death caused by Hurricane Ida in New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana. Folks, extreme weather is here. The climate crisis isn’t going away. It’s getting worse. We have to deal with it, not deny it. So California, you’ve got to keep Gavin Newsom as governor and send a message to the nation that we have to deal with the climate crisis now. We can’t wait any longer.
President Joe Biden: (09:24)
When I got elected president, I immediately rejoined the Paris Climate Accord. Just since we put that together in our administration and Barack’s administration, just since then, everything has collapsed even further. We don’t have much time, not a joke. We’re talking about nine to 10 years before we pass the point of no return. Our children need it, the planet needs it. Look, forth, by voting no, you’ll be standing up for a governor who protects workers, rather than one who believes there shouldn’t be… I can’t believe this guy. There shouldn’t be a minimum wage? The leading Republican candidate thinks the minimum wage should be zero. Look, working people have taken it on the chin too long. We need leaders like Gavin who’ll respect them, hear them, fight for them.
President Joe Biden: (10:29)
To me, it’s pretty basic. If you’re working a 40 hour week, you shouldn’t be living in poverty. That’s why I support a $15 minimum wage Gavin is leading the way in California. I’m so tired of trickle down economics. It’s about time we build from the bottom up and the middle out. So California, keep Gavin and send a message this time. Give working people just a fighting chance. They have never ever, ever, ever, ever let the country down. All they want is just an even shot. They have never let the country down.
President Joe Biden: (11:17)
Folks, I can go on, but here’s the deal. I’m going to make this as simple as I can. You either keep Gavin Newsom as your governor or you’ll get Donald Trump. It’s not a joke. Republican governor blocking progress on COVID-19, who is also anti-woman, anti-worker, a climate denier, who doesn’t believe in choice. The choice should be absolutely: Gavin Newsom. You have a governor who has the courage to lead. In Gavin, you have a governor who shares the state’s values. In Gavin, you have a governor to make sure Donald Trump’s dark, destructive, division politics never finds a place in California.
President Joe Biden: (12:19)
So please, not a joke, on behalf of the people of Delaware and Pennsylvania and Minnesota and all across America, don’t take anything for granted. If you’re registered, you’ve got a ballot in the mail. If you haven’t opened it, open it, mark no, and put in the mailbox tonight. If you want to vote in person, make sure you know where you’re going to vote in your county. If you’ve already voted, make sure your family and friends are voting tomorrow. California, I mean this is sincerely, the eyes of the nation are on you. I’m not joking. I’m not joking about that. You’ve got to vote no on the recall. Keep Gavin as governor. The rest of America is counting on you, and so am I. God bless you all, and may God protect our troops. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.