GOP governors knock Whitmer ahead of State of the Union response

The Republican Governors Association rolled out a digital ad campaign Tuesday against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), who is set to deliver the Democratic Party's official response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

According to a press release by the group, the ad, dubbed “Broken Roads, Broken Promises,” touches on "Whitmer’s failure to achieve any progress on her signature campaign pledge to 'fix the damn roads,'” including vetoing hundreds of millions of dollars in infrastructure funding, as well as recent polling showing her approval rating in decline.

The ad includes a clip of President Trump taking a jab at Whitmer's campaign pledge at a rally he held in Michigan in December, quipping, “I understand she’s not fixing those potholes."


The ad will be aired on Facebook and Instagram in and around the Lansing area, especially near the Michigan state Capitol. Whitmer plans to give her rebuttal address from a local high school.

Democratic congressional leaders announced Jan. 24 that Whitmer would give the party's official response to Trump, calling her "a forward-looking leader who is laser-focused on solving problems for everyday Michiganders."

Freshman Rep. Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarDemocrats call for Twitter, Facebook to take down Pelosi video posted by Trump El Paso Walmart shooting suspect charged under federal hate crime law The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address MORE (D-Texas) is set to deliver the Spanish-language Democratic rebuttal.