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Biden Tours Storm-Hit, Donor-Rich California as He Eyes 2024

  • Atmospheric rivers brought rains, flooding to central coast
  • Biden to meet local officials, visit communities with Newsom
State employees remove debris from a beach in Aptos, California, on Jan. 17.
State employees remove debris from a beach in Aptos, California, on Jan. 17.

Photographer: Nic Coury/AFP/Getty Images

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President Joe Biden visited California on Thursday to tour communities devastated by deadly storms and flooding and to assess first-hand the need for additional federal aid in a state whose deep-pocketed Democratic donors will be important to any 2024 reelection bid.

“The country is here for you and with you,” Biden said at Seacliff State Park in Aptos, California. “We are not leaving until things are built back, and built back better than they were before. You can recover from storms. We’ll be with you every step of the way.”