August 9, 2020

Secret Joe Biden meeting with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has VP rumor mill in overdrive

Secret Joe Biden meeting with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has VP rumor mill in overdrive

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is believed to have secretly met with Biden to discuss becoming his VP.

Two Democrat sources let slip that Gov. Whitmer and Biden met on Sunday, Aug, 9, to discuss the role, adding that he has always found her impressive.

Biden is yet to formally announce his pick, but Gov. Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with him, AP reports.

Joe Biden has pledged to pick a woman to serve should he make it to the Oval Office.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Delaware last weekend to meet with Mr. Biden, his first known in-person session with a potential running mate as he nears a decision.

Whitmer visited Biden, according to two high-ranking Michigan Democrats who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Lt. Gov. Garland Gilchrist II, Biden, and Whitmer arriving at Leo's Coney Island in Southfield, Mich. in April. Credit: Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Garland Gilchrist II, Biden, and Whitmer arriving at Leo’s Coney Island in Southfield, Mich. in April. Credit: Associated Press

Flight records show a chartered plane left Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport for Delaware Coastal Airport at 5:33 p.m. and returned at 11.16 pm.


Whitmer and Biden have worked closely with one another in recent years and the first-term governor of the battleground state has long been on his shortlist of possible running mates.

In 2018 he campaigned for her in the gubernatorial election and she is currently a co-chair on his campaign.

She has also been tough on COVID-19 and Trump, who scathingly referred to her as the woman in Michigan after she blasted him in March.

On Wednesday she declared racism a public health crisis, created an advisory council of Black leaders, and required implicit bias training for all state employees.

There has been a strong push for Biden to select a black woman as his number two following the social unrest over systemic racism since May.

Whitmer’s office and Biden’s campaign both declined to comment on the trip.

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