Whitmer says she had 'opening conversation' about Biden VP pick
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said on Tuesday that she has had an “opening conversation” with Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE’s campaign about her potential as a running mate pick for the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
In an interview on NBC’s “3rd Hour of Today,” Whitmer revealed that she has had a “conversation with some folks” about the running mate slot, but said she did not see the discussion as particularly formal and is solely committed for the time being to her official duties as governor.
“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.
“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,” she said.
Whitmer is among a handful of women seen as a potential pick for the vice presidential slot on the Democratic ticket. Biden has already committed to choosing a woman as his running mate and has said that he is looking at around a dozen potential candidates for the position.
Other prominent figures seen as potential vice presidential picks include Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), as well as Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Democrats press Intel chief for answers on foreign efforts to exploit US racial tensions MORE (D-Fla.) and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D).
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Biden has offered little information as to who specifically he is considering, though he has said that he wants to choose a running mate that is “simpatico” with him. He is also said to particularly value political experience — a quality Whitmer certainly has from nearly two decades of public service in state and local government.