John Cox, Newsom's GOP opponent in the race for California governor, made this claim. PolitiFact California found there's some truth, but it's also missing some important context.
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A recent campaign mailer and TV ad feature former President Barack Obama warmly embracing California candidate for governor Antonio Villaraigosa, conveying the possible impression that Obama has endorsed the former mayor of Los Angeles. But that’s simply not the case.
PolitiFact California's early impressions on statements made at Tuesday's gubernatorial candidates debate in San Jose.
Ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial debate, PolitiFact California reviews how candidates have fared with the truth, including a look at candidates’ claims about past accomplishments and assertions made in TV campaign ads.
The Gavin Newsom for Governor campaign says it has not pulled its "First" TV ad that includes a claim PolitiFact California rated False. A spokesman told us the campaign is running a similar but separate TV ad that omits the claim in question but was produced back in February, and not in response to any factual concerns.