Whitmer Speaks On First Night Of Democratic National Convention

Aug 18, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, (D) Michigan
Credit Photo provided by the State of Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has touted Joe Biden’s work to rescue the auto industry and says he would rally the country to fight the coronavirus and not deny it like President Donald Trump has. The governor spoke on the opening night of Democrats’ virtual nominating convention Monday. She addressed a national audience from a United Auto Workers hall in Lansing. Whitmer reminded viewers of the country’s last economic crisis — the Great Recession — and credited Biden for helping save the auto sector with a federal bailout. She says Biden will use science to lead the U.S. out of the pandemic.

Whitmer says she was “thrilled” when Biden chose Kamala Harris as his running mate, and her decision to be vetted for the job will benefit Michigan if he's elected president. She told The Associated Press she gets to keep her “dream job” as governor. Whitmer was on Biden’s short list and flew to Delaware to meet with him. She confirmed an AP report that she asked to no longer be considered earlier in the process. She says Biden asked her to think about it and she decided it was a “true honor” to stay in the mix.