Kamala Harris campaigns for Michigan Governor Whitmer in potential Democratic presidential primary preview


Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned for Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer over the weekend in what is seen as a potential preview for a 2024 or 2028 presidential election.

Harris attended several events in Detroit to campaign on behalf of Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, highlighting federal legislation like the CHIPS Act, which aims to bring more manufacturing jobs to Motor City and the country as a whole. , reported FOX 2 Detroit.

Michigan’s gubernatorial race is now seen as a “twirl” between Whitmer and Republican nominee Tudor Dixon, according to polling firm RealClearPolitics, which shows the Democrat has a 5.7 percentage point lead in the race.

Whitmer is seeking re-election in the swing state that helped former President Donald Trump win the 2016 election. She captured national attention through Trump’s repeated attacks on COVID-19 lockdowns on democrats.

Weeks before the 2020 presidential election between Trump and current President Biden, authorities announced charges in an alleged kidnapping plot targeting Whitmer, but federal prosecutors mired in FBI entrapment allegations have not managed to get convictions the first time around. Two pleas were convicted at the retrial in August.

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Vice President Kamala Harris smiles as Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivers remarks after touring a FOCUS: HOPE facility Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 in Detroit.
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Although they are now allies ahead of the midterm election cycle, Harris and Whitmer’s trades could now bear interest later if they run against each other as Democratic candidates in the presidential primary before 2024 or 2028, according to the Los Angeles Times. It depends on whether Biden seeks re-election.

At a fundraising event over the weekend, Harris praised Whitmer as an “extraordinary leader” who is “always about real talk” and had delivered on his campaign promise to “fix the cracks.” fucking roads”.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon addresses the crowd at a Save America rally on October 1, 2022 in Warren, Michigan.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon addresses the crowd at a Save America rally on October 1, 2022 in Warren, Michigan.
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Harris’ interactions with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg are of similar interest. Both the vice president and Buttigieg ran as candidates for the 2020 presidential primary. Considered a key swing state, Buttigieg moved his official residence from Indiana to Michigan this summer, the Times noted.

Vice President Kamala Harris tours a FOCUS: HOPE facility with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Saturday, October 15, 2022 in Detroit.

Vice President Kamala Harris tours a FOCUS: HOPE facility with Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer Saturday, October 15, 2022 in Detroit.
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Meanwhile, it’s unclear if Whitmer has her eyes on a higher position in the future – whether that be the presidency or a Senate seat or a cabinet appointment. In an interview with the Detroit News on Tuesday, Whitmer vowed to complete her second full term if re-elected, dismissing speculation that she planned otherwise as “rubbish.”

In June, Whitmer avoided answering in an interview with NBC News whether she felt Biden should run for re-election, instead calling interest in his own candidacy “flattering.”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks before Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at IBEW Local 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks before Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at IBEW Local 58 on October 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
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President Biden’s second-in-command attended a Michigan Democratic Party fundraising event with Whitmer and Gilchrist, FOX 2 reported. Highlighting Michigan’s importance in the upcoming midterm elections, Harris visited FOCUS: HOPE in Detroit, which helps provide education and training to minorities, and traveled to Southfield for a voter education event. The vice president praised those “who advocate for changing the climate crisis, for ending gun violence, for protecting reproductive rights,” saying, “our nation needs you.”


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