California Gov. Gavin Newsom touted his state's more progressive electorate, declaring to ABC's "The View" on Monday that President Donald Trump "is just scared of California."
"We are the most un-Trump state in America, and we are also the most diverse state in America," he said.
Newsom has backed the resistance against the president, recently tweeting: "while Trump claims credit for a 'booming economy' he has actually DOUBLED the deficit and created over $3 TRILLION of new debt."
He contrasted that with California, where there are "Record surpluses. Record low unemployment. Record job growth. Progressive policies and and economic growth DO go hand-in-hand."
Newsom also sent out a tweet on the same day that the Senate voted to acquit Trump, writing: "I believe with all my heart that America stands ready to reject the dark, discriminatory, dangerous policies of Donald Trump – and to do it by record margins. Let's show up. Let's vote."
He voiced a similar message with ABC, saying "I like our chances in November as long as we unify," although he acknowledged there is legitimate anxiety as [Democratic primaries] drag on."
California, as the nation's most populous state, has a large role to play in the primary season. It has 415 delegates up for grabs, nearly 10 times more than Iowa.
When asked if he would consider becoming a vice presidential contender, Newsom said he is busy running a state with an economy that is larger than most nations.
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