After then-candidate 乔·拜登 vowed to choose a woman as his running mate in the 2020 选举, 密西根州政府. 格雷琴·惠特默 emerged as an early front-runner, but now that Biden has won, Whitmer admits she is glad she never got the call.
For much of 2020 Whitmer avoided discussing whether she would have accepted such an offer, but in a new interview with Detroit’s 狐狸 2, Whitmer said she would have.
“If Joe Biden had called and said ‘I need you to be my partner and be my running mate’ I would have said yes,” 惠特默 告诉福克斯 2. “This election was that important.”
The Democratic governor acknowledged that she and her family were pleased that it never came to that.
“There might have been a sigh of relief over here at the governor’s residence,” 惠特默说, 加, “I think everyone was pleased with the outcome.”
惠特默, who was national co-chair of Biden’s presidential campaign, said she was surprised that Biden was strongly considering her as a possibility.
“When he called and asked me to go through the vetting I was shocked,” 她说.
Biden ultimately announced in August that he had chosen Kamala Harris, and Whitmer was immediately supportive of the California senator.