According to a new report from The Hill, Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stock is rising among Team Biden as a possible running mate.
This is also reflected in the betting market of PredictIt, where Whitmer has moved into 3rd place, behind only Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar.
The Hill reports Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s rising profile during the coronavirus pandemic has boosted her stock with Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, with some allies making the case that she would make a perfect running mate for the former vice president.
Whitmer has been in the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic fighting to get her state — which has the fourth most coronavirus infections in the country — the medical resources it needs.
Biden allies, including major donors and longtime advisers, say they like her combative approach to President Trump coupled with her calm, well-spoken demeanor.
Whitmer’s stock is also rising because she governs a state Democrats saw slip away in 2016. Biden scored a huge victory over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Michigan primary, and Democrats are desperate to win the state back in the 2020 general election.
“There’s been a lot of talk about her internally,” said one source close to the campaign. “She has impressed a lot of people the past few weeks.”
“She would be a fascinating choice,” a major donor added.
Biden acknowledged this week that Whitmer is under consideration.
“She made the list in my mind two months ago,” he said in an interview on MSNBC.