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Whitmer met with Biden days before VP announcement: report

Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerBiden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role Legislatures boost security after insurrection, FBI warnings Minnesota governor to deploy National Guard to protect state capitol ahead of inauguration MORE (D) met with Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP 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 HarrisHarris to be sworn in by Justice Sotomayor using Thurgood Marshall's Bible In calling out Trump, Nikki Haley warns of a more sinister threat On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE (D-Calif.), Tammy DuckworthLadda (Tammy) Tammy DuckworthFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Biden taps Atlanta mayor for senior DNC role The best way to handle veterans, active-duty military that participated in Capitol riot MORE (D-Ill.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE (D-Mass.), Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Rep. Bass tweets photo of Trump in response to FBI call for information on rioters San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community' MORE (D-Calif.) and Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSeven Senate races to watch in 2022 Demings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet 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.