Whitmer says she'll support Biden 'any way that I can be helpful' when asked about spot on ticket

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said on Thursday that she is willing to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee 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 White House bid in any way when asked about possibly serving as his running mate.

“I think Joe Biden would be a phenomenal president. I am a big fan of his. I am a big supporter of his, and I’m going to support him in any way that I think will be helpful,”  Whitmer told CNN of the former vice president.  

“I’ll be very frank with you, the job I want is the one that I have,” the governor said. “I worked for two years to become the governor of the state of Michigan, and while it’s been challenging and there have been some tough days, there’s no place I’d rather be than right here in my home state, making decisions that are saving people’s lives. It’s the honor of my lifetime to be here.”


“I am honored to be included in a bigger conversation, but that’s not something I’m promoting, that’s not something I’m spending energy on,” she added, referring to Biden’s pool of potential running mates. 

Whitmer has received praise from Democrats, including Biden, for her coronavirus response. She has instituted some of the nation’s toughest restrictions in her state, which has been hammered by the pandemic. 

Biden, who has pledged to choose a woman as a running mate, confirmed earlier this month that he was considering Whitmer for the spot. 

“She made the list in my mind two months ago,” Biden told MSNBC host Brian Williams.

Biden is also said to be considering former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Sens. 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.) and 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.) for a spot on the Democratic ticket.