Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told Craig Melvin she had an “opening conversation” regarding Joe Biden’s search for a running mate.
You know what, I’ve had a conversation with some folks. The fact of the matter is, all of my energy is going into helping my state through this crisis, unlike one that we’ve seen in 100 years in this country. We have to get it right. I was elected to be the governor of the state of Michigan. It is the honor of a lifetime, and that’s where I’m spending 100% of my energy and focus. We’ve got a crisis like nothing we’ve ever seen before, and all.
Per DetroitFreePress, Biden, who won Michigan’s March 10 primary and is the presumptive Democratic nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in November, said nearly two months ago that Whitmer — the governor of a state Trump won by two-tenths of 1% of the vote four years ago — was on his list of potential running mates.
But Whitmer’s comments to “Today” news host Craig Melvin were among the first in which she has suggested vetting has started and that the campaign has talked to her about it. When he asked if she could provide more details about the discussions, Whitmer described it as “an opening conversation and … not something I could call a professional, formalized vetting.”
She said she was “making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign,” but that her overall focus was on Michigan, calling her job as governor “the honor of a lifetime.”
Whitmer has clearly raised her national profile in recent months, however. Last week, she had appearances on CNN and ABC’s “The View” and joined an online discussion with Biden and two other governors about the response to coronavirus. On Monday, she appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” saying protests against her stay-at-home orders, where some have displayed Confederate flags and firearms, don’t represent the real Michigan.
.@GovWhitmer of MI talks to us about her recent plans to ease some stay-at-home restrictions.
“I’m not going to succumb to political pressure or political demonstrations… the fact of the matter is we have to listen to our epidemiologists…we have got to get this right.” pic.twitter.com/HYtbXuNJDl
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