Biden calls Newsom recall results 'a resounding win' for 'strong vaccine requirements'
(CNN) President Joe Biden on Wednesday called the results of California's recall vote "a resounding win" for Democratic Gov.
Gavin Newsom's approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically citing the state's strong vaccine requirements.
Newsom faced a partisan recall effort that had grown out of frustration over his response to the pandemic and the state's strict Covid restrictions.
But the results of Tuesday's recall -- which weighed whether to oust Newsom from office before the end of his term -- turned out to be a vote of confidence by California voters in his approach, Biden said.
"This vote is a resounding win for the approach that he and I share to beating the pandemic: strong vaccine requirements, strong steps to reopen schools safely, and strong plans to distribute real medicines — not fake treatments — to help those who get sick," Biden said in a statement.
"The fact that voters in both traditionally Democratic and traditionally Republican parts of the state rejected the recall shows that Americans are unifying behind taking these steps to get the pandemic behind us," he continued.
In July, it was announced that California will require all state employees and health care workers to provide proof of vaccination status or get regular testing.
Last month, Newsom announced that teachers and other school employees must either be vaccinated against Covid-19 or submit to regular testing.
A similar order is in effect for the state's health care workers.