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Biden names Whitmer as reelection campaign co-chair

By: - April 28, 2023 3:16 am

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at a rally for former Vice President Joe Biden in Detroit, March 9, 2020 | Andrew Roth

Alongside his Tuesday announcement that he will be running for reelection, President Biden also named Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as one of his national reelection campaign co-chairs.

Whitmer is the only governor on the panel. She joins U.S. Reps. Lisa Blunt-Rochester (D-Del.), Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Veronica Escobar (D-Texas);U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.); and media mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg as Biden’s picks for initial campaign leadership.

“To win this fight, we need strong leadership that can build and expand our broad, diverse coalition from 2020,” Biden said in a statement. “With this team leading the charge, we’ll be able to do just that. … Our campaign co-chairs are hardworking public servants that have dedicated their lives to making Americans’ lives better. I’ve been able to count on each and every one of them throughout my career, especially in the most challenging moments.

“Together, this team brings the expertise, leadership, and work ethic required to win this election and finish the job for the American people.”

In a quote tweet of Biden’s announcement video, Whitmer echoed his call to continue standing up to “dangerous extremists” by reelecting Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

“Joe and I look forward to finishing the job, winning this battle for the soul of the nation, and serving the American people for four more years in the White House,” Harris said in a statement.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins is a former Michigan Advance reporter. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service.