Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) confirmed last week that she has talked to Joe Biden’s campaign about the possibility of becoming his running mate, but stated that her focus remains on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in her state, according to The Hill.
Whitmer characterized her communication with Biden’s campaign as an “opening” conversation about the vice-presidential position, adding that she did not consider it to be very formal or official.
“It was just an opening conversation and it’s not something that I would call a professional, formalized vetting,” Whitmer told NBC’s Craig Melvin on Today, according to The Hill.
She went on: “I am making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign, but the most important thing that I have to do right now is be the governor of my home state. That’s all that matters to me in this moment.”
Democrats’ new darling
Whitmer finds herself among several potential Democratic vice presidential picks reportedly being considered by Biden, a group which includes Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D), according to The Hill.
Although Whitmer has served two decades in public service, the 48-year-old governor had little national recognition until the coronavirus outbreak thrust her into the public spotlight.
Whitmer has received a great deal of media attention in recent days because Republicans have been protesting her strict enforcement of extended lockdowns in Michigan, according to NBC News, something which has raised her public profile and attracted support from Democrats across the country.
It also doesn’t hurt her popularity among liberals that she has feuded publicly with President Donald Trump throughout the pandemic, NBC notes.
It’s still probably a long shot that Whitmer will be chosen as Biden’s VP, however, mainly because she’s not a woman of color. Biden is still vetting candidates and reportedly wants to find someone who is “sympatico” with him, The Hill reported.
Wrong leader at the wrong time
The prospect of Whitmer becoming Biden’s VP is a scary one to many Americans, primarily because there seems to be a decent likelihood — for a number of reasons — that Biden would not make it through a first term should he be elected.
Whitmer’s demonstrated tendency toward authoritarianism and her hardline support for abortion — which, according to Fox News, she recently dubbed “life-sustaining” — are just two of the many things that would make the prospect of her as leader of the free world a frightening proposition indeed.
Most conservatives would shudder at the notion of someone who we already know will run roughshod over the Constitution ascending to power right as the second wave of the pandemic may be reaching its peak.