Whitmer says she'll support Biden 'any way that I can be helpful' when asked about spot on ticket

Whitmer says she'll support Biden 'any way that I can be helpful' when asked about spot on ticket
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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) said on Thursday that she is willing to support presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Teachers face off against Trump on school reopenings Biden wins Puerto Rico primary MORE's White House bid in any way when asked about possibly serving as his running mate.

"I think Joe Biden would be a phenomenal president. I am a big fan of his. I am a big supporter of his, and I'm going to support him in any way that I think will be helpful,"  Whitmer told CNN of the former vice president.  

"I'll be very frank with you, the job I want is the one that I have," the governor said. "I worked for two years to become the governor of the state of Michigan, and while it's been challenging and there have been some tough days, there's no place I'd rather be than right here in my home state, making decisions that are saving people's lives. It's the honor of my lifetime to be here."


"I am honored to be included in a bigger conversation, but that's not something I'm promoting, that's not something I'm spending energy on," she added, referring to Biden's pool of potential running mates. 

Whitmer has received praise from Democrats, including Biden, for her coronavirus response. She has instituted some of the nation's toughest restrictions in her state, which has been hammered by the pandemic. 

Biden, who has pledged to choose a woman as a running mate, confirmed earlier this month that he was considering Whitmer for the spot. 

“She made the list in my mind two months ago,” Biden told MSNBC host Brian Williams.

Biden is also said to be considering former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Senators raise concerns over Facebook's civil rights audit Biden's marijuana plan is out of step with public opinion MORE (D-Calif.) for a spot on the Democratic ticket.