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Whitmer says she has talked to Biden campaign about VP nomination

Gov. Whitmer
Cheyna Roth
Michigan Radio

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has talked to members of former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign team about being his running mate on the November ballot.

But Whitmer told the “Today” show in NBC she’s not aware of any formal vetting for the position.

“It was just an opening conversation, and it’s not something that I would call a professional, uh, formalized vetting.”

Whitmer says she’s focused right now on managing the state’s response the coronavirus crisis.  

“I’m making a little bit of time to stay connected to the campaign, but the most important thing I have to do right now is be the governor of my home state. That’s the most important thing that matters to me at this moment and that’s where I’m going to stay all my energy focused.”

Whitmer has been talked about as a potential running mate since Biden promised to name a woman to the ticket.

The governor has gained prominence for her handling of the COVID-19 crisis, for delivering the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, and as a target of the President’s tweets.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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