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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who some say is a rising star in the Democratic Party, has hinted at the possibility of serving as Vice President Harris’s running mate if she were to replace President Biden on the Democratic ticket.

In an interview on ABC, Whitmer said, “I have never looked at opportunities in Washington, D.C. with a lot of excitement because I love Michigan. I love state government. But, you know, I’ll never say never, but that’s not something that I am angling for in the slightest. I made a commitment to serve out my term in Michigan.”


Whitmer, the co-chair of the Biden-Harris reelection campaign, has often been discussed as a potential replacement for Biden should he withdraw from the race, a possibility Biden has consistently dismissed. Addressing such speculations, Whitmer reaffirmed her support for Biden. She said, “Whether it’s bringing down the cost of insulin or it is onshoring supply chains in the wake of the pandemic, whether it is helping people get back to work and keep more money in their pockets – that’s what the Biden-Harris administration has done. He’s got an incredibly capable vice president by his side, and we are electing them as a team, and I’m excited about it.”

When asked about Harris’s potential to take over if Biden stepped aside, Whitmer acknowledged Harris as the successor, saying, “She’s vice president for a reason.”

This comes amid some fractures within the Democratic Party over continuing with President Biden’s reelection campaign. In the last week, multiple US lawmakers have called on President Biden to either reflect on his candidacy or step aside from the race. Additionally, some news outlets have reported that a group of top Democratic officials, donors, and lawmakers have privately voiced their desire for President Biden to step aside.

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