Michigan Gov. Whitmer endorses Joe Biden in 2020 presidential race

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis) (Al Goldis, Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

DETROIT – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has delivered an endorsement in the 2020 presidential race.

Whitmer announced during an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe that she will endorse Democratic candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.

“Joe Biden is someone that I know that is working to protect health care," Whitmer said.

The Michigan Presidential Primary is March 10.

Here’s Whitmer’s full statement:


I’m proud to endorse Joe Biden for President of the United States.

Working families in Michigan need a president who will show up and fight for them, and Joe Biden has proven time and again that he has our backs.

He had all of our backs when he worked with President Obama to expand health care to millions of people under the Affordable Care Act, including 680,000 Michiganders who now have coverage through Medicaid expansion. He had our backs during the auto industry rescue that saved GM and Chrysler. And he’s proven that he will continue to fight for those values and more as our next president.

Joe Biden understands we’re at a crossroads in our country — he understands what’s at stake when working families are wondering whether they’ll be able to afford a doctors’ bill, or prescription drugs, or to put food on the table for themselves and their families.

Michiganders have grit. We’re tough. We know what it’s like to be overlooked and counted out. And we know that when you get knocked down, you pick yourself up and get back to work. Joe Biden has been right there with us in the tough fights. He showed up for the people of Michigan when our health care and our auto industry were on the line. He helped us pick ourselves up and get back to work. I know he’ll do the same as president.

Joe Biden is the candidate we need to defeat Donald Trump in November. He’s always had our backs. Now, I’m proud to have his.

Let’s win back the White House,

Gretchen Whitmer

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