Biden’s GOP Debate Strategy: Send Gov. Gavin Newsom

  • Joe Biden’s re-election campaign is deploying California Gov. Gavin Newsom to the second Republican presidential debate next week in Simi Valley, Calif., Biden campaign advisers tell Axios.
  • Why it matters: It’s the latest example of Biden’s increasingly warm relationship with Newsom after earlier tensions between the two — and comes as the California governor continues to build his national profile.
  • Driving the news: GOP frontrunner Donald Trump isn’t likely to attend the GOP debate Wednesday, but Biden’s team also is deploying top officials — including campaign manager Julie Chávez Rodríguez — to contrast the president’s agenda with what they call “MAGA Republicans’ extreme and out of touch views.”
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