Democratic primary frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, confirmed in an appearance with MSNBC's Brian Williams that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is on his short-list for vice presidential taps.
In a preview clip of @11thHour, Brian Williams asked @JoeBiden if his VP shortlist has lengthened now that leaders have emerged throughout the crisis, specifically mentioning @GovWhitmer.— Marianna Sotomayor (@MariannaNBCNews) March 31, 2020
"She didn't lengthen the list. She made the list in my mind two months ago," Biden said.
Gov. Whitmer is a newly emerged face in the Democratic Party and has recently gone on a television tour attacking President Trump's leadership during COVID-19. Despite her state's urgent need for an emergency declaration and assistance from the federal government, Gov. Whitmer delayed requesting a FEMA emergency declaration. Biden backed up Gov. Whitmer's delay tactics and partisan criticism of President Trump:
After Gov. Whitmer's partisan hold-up, as an avenue to attack the administration, President Trump approved the emergency declaration and request for supplies for Michigan:
JUST IN: President Trump has approved @GovWhitmer's request to use up to 3,000 Michigan Army and Air National Guard members for the next 90 days for humanitarian missions, such as distributing medical supplies and sanitizing public spaces.— Chad Livengood (@ChadLivengood) March 30, 2020
Help is on the way Michigan!— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) March 28, 2020
President ?@realDonaldTrump? & Vice President ?@Mike_Pence? heard us — and they are with us.
Our state will get through this crisis, and come out stronger and more united. https://t.co/XuXUgvs1Sz
Biden promised voters a female vice presidential candidate on his ticket during the March DNC debate. Others on the former vice president's list include Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.