Ro Khanna and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at a
campaign rally in Cupertino Thursday.

Ro Khanna’s first run for Rep. Mike Honda’s seat three years ago began at De Anza College. His final sprint toward Election Day this time around returned to the same quad, with Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom in tow.

With intermittent drizzle falling in Cupertino, Newsom offered a short stump speech in support of Khanna, calling him the “personification of the word ‘leader.’”

“I’m here as a fan. I’m here as a supporter,” said Newsom. “I’m here as someone desperate to see this region get the kind of leadership it deserves. To see someone shake things up in Washington D.C. and see someone that speaks the language of technology—understands we’re living in a world where the whitewaters of change are all around us.”

Congress, of course, is not exactly the most admired segment of government. Newsom, however, said, “We are the problems in Washington, D.C., but we’re also the antidote to those problems. We’re the solutions to those problems if we change behaviors and the spirit of this campaign is change,” he said.

With 12 days until Election Day, Khanna said he’s confident. “I think we’re going to win,” he said.

When asked about the high-profile contrast between Newsom’s appearance Thursday afternoon and Honda’s get-out-the vote event this week featuring actor Danny Glover, Khanna said, “If you want to go back to the 80’s, vote for Mike Honda. If you want to go with Gavin and the future, you vote for me.”

Khanna also shrugged off concern over the Honda lawsuit alleging cyber theft of its confidential fundraising data. “I’m not worried about it, at all,” he said.