Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerCoronavirus lockdowns work Michigan resident puts toilet on front lawn with sign 'Place mail in ballots here' Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election MORE (D) met with Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE in Delaware last weekend as the former vice president nears a decision on his running mate.

Whitmer visited Biden on Sunday, two high-ranking Michigan Democrats told The Associated Press. Biden has said in the past that he’s considering Whitmer to be his No. 2 on the Democratic ticket. 

Biden has said he will announce his running mate in the early weeks of August. The former vice president has already vowed to pick a woman, though nearly a dozen names have been floated as possible picks. 

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He’s also come under pressure to pick a Black woman in light of national protests over systemic racism and as a way to honor the role African American voters played in boosting his White House campaign in the primary. 

Among the contenders known to be under consideration are Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies John Fogerty: 'Confounding' that Trump campaign played 'Fortunate Son' at rally MORE (D-Ill.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Overnight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds MORE (D-Mass.), Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Outrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' MORE (D-Fla.), and former national security adviser Susan Rice.

While Whitmer is not a woman of color, she does represent a crucial swing state. She also established a relationship with Biden when he campaigned with her during her successful gubernatorial bid in 2018.

If Whitmer stepped down to join Biden’s ticket, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist (D) would succeed her and become the country’s only Black governor.