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Video: Michigan casts delegates for Biden from shore of Belle Isle

August 19, 2020, 9:40 AM

The 2020 Democratic National Convention's unusual virtual roll call vote gave each state the chance to showcase some pieces of flair, and naturally, Michigan went with cars.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters formally cast 92 votes for Joe Biden and 53 votes for Bernie Sanders while standing before three cars made by the Detroit automakers and beside a UAW worker. The clip was filmed at night on Belle Isle, with the Renaissance Center and Detroit skyline in the background.

“Michigan auto workers are the best in the world, but we’d be nowhere without Joe Biden,” Peters said. “A lot of folks wanted Detroit to go bankrupt, but Joe Biden believed in us, and together we fought to save our auto industry.”

Michigan saw additional shine at the convention with comments from state Rep. Mari Manoogian, 27, and the nomination of Sanders by former UAW president Bob King. Sanders was nominated as a formality; Biden was officially named the nominee after winning the most delegates.



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