September 15th, 2009
01:05 PM ET
14 years ago

Bill Clinton endorses Newsom in California governor's race

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(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will endorse San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2010 California governor's race, a Clinton aide confirmed to CNN.

Clinton's decision to weigh in for Newsom puts him at odds once again with the candidate many consider the likely frontrunner for the Democratic nomination - California Attorney General and former governor Jerry Brown, the man Clinton defeated for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.

But Newsom curried favor with the former president in 2008, when he endorsed and campaigned actively for Hillary Clinton during her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. The 42nd president is now returning the favor by throwing his weight around in a Democratic primary, as he has done with other 2010 candidates who backed Hillary's bid last year.

Clinton has endorsed Florida Rep. Kendrick Meek and Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher in their 2010 Senate bids, even though both candidates have yet to secure their party's nomination. He also backed his longtime ally Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, but McAuliffe lost a three-way fight for the Democratic nomination in June.

The endorsement was first reported by ABC News.

Filed under: Bill Clinton • Gavin Newsom
soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Hopey Changey Guy

    Bill Clinton and President Obama are becoming quite close in recent days. I wonder if Clinton is offering his expertise on how to run a Country successfully. I certainly hope he is. Either that or they are both sick of Hillary and are trying to get rid of her.

    September 15, 2009 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Chuck

    California elects movie stars with no qualifications and unfortunatly got exactly what they voted for. Califormia is the "bankrupt" state. Newsom, who has a brain and the qualifications is toast. He'd get elected in any other state but California. . . . how true, how true.

    September 15, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. stormerF

    Newsome was he not the one who would fly illegals back to their country of orgin at the Tax payers expense,when they were picked up for commiting a crime in the U.S.?

    September 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. single mom

    Newsom tried to cram the Gay Marriage act down the throats of Californians. He said it's coming whether you like it or not. Voters said 'NOT' in one loud voice. Opponents, including Brown, will probably bring that up. Not to mention all sorts of problems going on in San Francisco that the rest of the country isn't aware of, or told about.
    I can appreciate Clinton's show of loyalty, though. The man doesn't forget support or slights.

    September 15, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. Mark,B'ham,Al.

    If you live in California, you might as well quite your job and go on welfare with a liberal like Newsom as governor your taxes will go up even higher and might as well be a deadbeat like the democrat constituancy of S.F.

    September 15, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. ch

    This will be a huge help for Newsom.

    The Clintons are hugely popular in California – let's not forget that Hillary Clinton won CA (the largest prize of all the states) over Obama in a landslide in the 2008 primary.

    September 15, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. Kitchen Police

    Gavin will make a great governor for California!

    September 15, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  8. Reagan was wrong

    I was planning on voting for this guy, even before Bill's endorsement.

    September 15, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. vette gal

    How about no more you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours! People should only endorse the candidate they feel is the most capable of doing the job, not endorse them because they owe them a favor. This is what's wrong with our politicians.

    September 15, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Will, Minneapolis

    Kind of looks like a smarmy, Pierce Brosnan.

    September 15, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. SAMMY

    As a Democrat, i will support any Democratic Candidate running against this divisive hack. And if he does end up being our candidate, i will painfully contribute as much money as i can to his Republican opponent.

    September 15, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. Alan K

    Gavin Newsom as governor would be terrible for California and the entire United States. California would become a 'safe haven' for illegals just as San Francisco is now.

    September 15, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. Idiot_Pelosi


    This ultra-liberal moron can't help us with our STATE financial woes.

    This nut is similar to the existing nuts in Sacremento who can't balance a budget and constantly want to RAISE FEES and TAXES.

    "Whether you like or not", we are NOT PAYING ANY MORE FEES OR TAXES, including State TAXES.

    September 15, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Mississippi Mike

    That's just what a state with a failing budget, deep recession and hostile business environment needs: a San Francisco liberal! He'll spend, regulate and tax the state into a third world country. But at least gays will have free reign in our schools. What could go wrong?

    September 15, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Independent

    Newsom is a disgrace. I am a resident of SF and he has done nothing to reshape the fiscal crisis within SF and he wants to do it on a larger scale with the entire State. Not this guy, not this time.


    September 15, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. CensoredLikeIranByCNN

    Cool, thats who I support for Governor too! He is not afraid to say what's in his mind and he is not an OLD FART!

    September 15, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. Dan

    Newsom is a fanatic with no respect for the rule of law, as evidenced by his actions in 2004. His blatant disregard for legal and Constitutional constraints on his power as a mayor, along with his ridiculous publicity stunts, will not be lessened if he ends up as governor.

    September 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Paul

    That guy's gonna be president. Great!

    September 15, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  19. Moderate Democrat

    Anyone but a Republican. We've seen where a republican governor takes a state. Look at California and SC to find your answer.

    Mickey Mouse and/or Goofey would do far better then any republcan ever could.

    September 15, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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