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Here's Why Michigan Gov. Whitmer Still Looks Like a Biden VP Contender


August 08, 2020, 11:23 AM

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with presumptive presidential candidate Joe Biden last weekend in Delaware, the first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision, the Associated Press reports, citing two unnamed high-ranking Michigan Democrats.

He reportedly also met with other prospects in recent days.

Whitmer has long been on a short list, but many political pros expect Biden to pick a Black female running mate. Still, CNN posts that "two Democrats familiar with the search" say Whitmer remains a serious contender.

Whitmer's name had receded over the summer from some lists of prominent contenders, but Biden has always found her impressive, officials said, and he has continued to build their relationship.

Another Democrat familiar with the vetting process tells CNN the Biden has also met with additional prospective running mates. It's unclear at this time who exactly the former vice president has met with.

Flight records show a chartered flight left Lansing's Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport at 5:33 p.m. last Sunday and returned at 11:16 p.m., writes David Eggert of AP.

The governor's office declined to confirm or deny the trip.

Whitmer was elected in November 2018 and has served less than two years.

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Gretchen Whitmer choice could bring Black backlash against Biden, Detroit columnist says, Aug. 9


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