Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) will stand in for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin in preparations for the October 2 debate between Palin and her Democratic counterpart, Delaware Sen. Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign raised M more than Trump in the month of June RNC, Trump campaign raised 1M in June Michigan shuts down most indoor bar service in bid to prevent virus resurgence MORE.

Granholm will spend four days with Biden in preparations for the debate, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

"The governor has been asked to help and is pleased to accept," Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd told the paper.

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Granholm, the two-term governor of Michigan, is 49 years old. Palin is 44. Both Granholm and Palin competed in beauty pageants in their youth. Granholm is also known for a feisty and assertive public demeanor.

The debate between Palin and Biden will be held at Washington University in St. Louis on Thursday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m.

- Michael O'Brien