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Whitmer on Trump visit: ‘The world’s going to be watching Michigan….and that’s a good thing’

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

Michigan is going to be in the national spotlight Wednesday as President Donald Trump campaigns in Battle Creek, while at the same time the U.S. House of Representatives debates impeaching him.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI) says the president’s rally will mean the world will be watching Michigan.   And the governor says “that’s a good thing.”

“That rally will probably show that there is some enthusiasm for the president,” says Whitmer. “But I think you go into many different places….and you’ll see there’s a lot people of the opposite opinion.”

Members of Michigan’s Republican and Democratic congressmen and women are divided along partisan lines on impeachment.

In addition to the president, other top administration officials will be in Michigan on Wednesday.  

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at a midday rally in Saginaw. 

In the afternoon, U.S. Attorney General William Barr will be holding a news conference in Detroit where he’ll be discussing a new initiative to reduce violent crime.

Whitmer expects more candidates will trek to Michigan as the 2020 presidential campaign proceeds.  

Michigan's presidential primary is March 10th.

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Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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