Following an event promoting vaccinations in Detroit on Monday, Vice President Kamala Harris headlined a fundraiser for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who is up for reelection in 2022.
At the event at the TCF Center, Harris noted that she was last in the Motor City on Election Day 2020. President Joe Biden carried Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, flipping the state that former President Donald Trump won in 2016 and helping the Democrat secure his Electoral College victory.
“And I said then what remains true: Michigan is a bellwether for the United States. What you do here, what happens here is a reflection of who we are as a country,” Harris said.
Harris said Biden told her to give Whitmer “my best” and added, “We stand with her.”
The vice president highlighted Whitmer’s COVID-19 pandemic response and her support for the expanded child tax credit, which goes into effect on Thursday.
“Her leadership has been the leadership during some of the most difficult times our country could imagine — extraordinary — during this pandemic where we saw an incredible loss of life, a loss of jobs, a loss of hope,” Harris said. “… I will tell you, she made many a call to the president and to me during this time, talking about the needs of the people of Michigan. She is one of those rare leaders who puts what’s right ahead of what’s popular to represent the people as they should expect a governor to represent them. That’s who she is, and that makes some people really fearful because that’s some strong, powerful stuff to be that kind of leader.”
Currently, there are at least five Republicans running for the ’22 nomination: Grand Rapids Republican Austin Chenge, right-wing television commentator Tudor Dixon, Allendale Township Planning Commissioner Ryan Kelley, Kalamazoo chiropractor Garrett Soldano and Evan Space, who did not make it on the 2018 ballot.
James Craig, the former Detroit Police chief, also is making the rounds.
Harris noted that “Nov. 8, 2022, seems like a long way off, but it’s practically around the corner.”