Obama warns in TV ad Californians voting against Newsom in recall would put kids "at risk"

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Former President Obama calls on California voters to reject the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in a TV ad launched statewide on Thursday.

Why it matters: Obama is the latest high-profile Democrat to back Newsom against GOP-led efforts to oust him. Newsom faces challenges from numerous candidates, including conservative talk radio host Larry Elder, who's emerged as his biggest threat. Elder's image features in Obama's ad.

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What he's saying: Obama tells voters in the ad they have a "big choice" to make in next Tuesday's election's, praising Newsom for his pandemic response measures.

  • "Republicans are trying to recall him from office and overturn common-sense COVID safety measures for health care workers and school staff," Obama says.

  • "Your vote could be the difference between protecting our kids and putting them at risk, helping Californians recover or taking us backwards."

The big picture: Newsom has had the support of leading Democrats including Vice President Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who have campaigned for Newsom in California.

  • President Biden is expected to campaign for Newsom early next week, according to Politico, which first reported news of Obama's ad.

  • Elder told reporters Tuesday that top Democrats were backing Newsom because they're "scared to death" he'll lose, per CNN.

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