According to sources at AP, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has met with presidential candidate Joe Biden to discuss the possibility of the Vice Presidential position.
Two high-ranking Michigan Democrats told AP that Whitmer visited Biden on Sunday. Flight logs confirm that a charter plane left Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport on Sunday evening to visit Delaware, and returned the same night.
Both the governor’s office and the Biden campaign have declined to comment.
Whitmer’s spokesperson Tiffany Brown told reporters, “we don’t discuss the governor’s personal schedule.”
Whitmer has been in the running along with other top Democrat female politicians, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Karen Bass, and Susan Rice.
Whitmer took office as Michigan’s governor on January 1, 2019. Biden had campaigned for her in the 2018 election, which is reportedly where they began to form a political bond.
Most recently, Whitmer declared racism to be a public health crisis in Michigan on August 5th and she created the Black Leadership Advisory Council to “develop, review, and recommend policies and actions designed to eradicate and prevent discrimination…”
Today, I declared racism to be a public health crisis in Michigan and created the Black Leadership Advisory Council.#COVID19 has highlighted what Black & Brown communities have always known — inequities caused by systemic racism can be deadly.
We’re confronting this head on. pic.twitter.com/Jem2Sj8QsB
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) August 5, 2020
Michigan has been under strict regulations under Whitmer’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Michigan on March 10th of this year in response to the pandemic and has since been extending those emergency powers to continue to manage the situation.
That Declaration of Emergency was extended again yesterday, August 7th.
Today, I extended our Declaration of Emergency and reinstated protections for Michigan workers as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s vital that employees know that they can stay home if they, or someone they’ve been in contact with, is sick.
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) August 7, 2020
Whitmer graduated from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1998, was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2000, and then to the State Senate in 2006.
In February of this year, Whitmer was selected to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address, in which she discussed the determination of the Democrat Party to expand healthcare coverage, improve the safety and funding of public schools, and to increase the minimum wage, among other key issues.