President Joe Biden (D) and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) were both in Silicon Valley on Monday, soliciting funds for their respective presidential campaigns across a motorway.
The San Jose Mercury News reported:
“President Biden was everywhere in Silicon Valley on Monday. His motorcade crisscrossed the South Bay to begin a three-day visit to the Golden State in a sign that the 2024 campaign for the White House is in full swing — 17 months before Election Day.
What wasn’t as evident was the presence of one of Biden’s potential Republican rivals — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who quietly held fundraisers of his own Monday, including a visit to a Republican donor in Woodside, just across the freeway from Biden’s evening reception in Atherton.
Earlier in the day, DeSantis reportedly attended events at Harris Ranch in Coalinga and a breakfast roundtable in Sacramento, just weeks after he caused a stir there by sending two planeloads of Latin American asylum seekers to the California capitol to call attention to the blue state-red state divide over illegal immigration.”
Biden was joined at times by California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who assured the White House over a year ago that he would not run for president in 2024, but appears to be planning a candidacy regardless.
Newsom and DeSantis have a competition that is benefiting both leaders since each embodies the sentiment of their respective party bases. Newsom criticizes DeSantis for Florida's conservative social policies, while DeSantis mocks Newsom for policy failures that drive thousands of Californians to his state each year.
DeSantis is behind former President Donald Trump in Republican Party presidential primary polls, but many funders believe he is the only candidate capable of defeating Biden, given that Trump is under indictment and is perceived as divisive by many suburban voters Republicans need to win in November.