2020 Democratic National Convention kicks off virtually with Michigan taking center stage

Gov. Whitmer one of first speakers

The Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday night.

DETROIT – The Democratic National Convention kicked off on Monday night.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic changed convention protocol. Despite that, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was one of the first speakers network television picked up.

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Whitmer and Gov. Andrew Cuomo were two of the bigger names to speak as the convention started around 9 p.m. The format is unlike anything many are used to when it comes to conventions.

Whitmer had about 5 minutes of speaking time when network coverage started up. She primarily talked COVID-19.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox released the following statement:

“Governor Whitmer’s partisan colors were on full display tonight. Whether it be failing to apply for FEMA relief or implementing a nursing home policy that resulted in 33% of our state’s COVID-19 deaths Whitmer has outright failed Michigan. However, as we saw tonight, she continues to pass the buck and blame others. But while Whitmer blames, Trump leads, and I look forward to our state awarding him with another victory this November.”

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