HELSINKI, Finland — Former President Barack Obama joins his former Vice President, Joe Biden in endorsing Democrat Gretchen Whitmer in the race for governor of Michigan, Whitmer’s campaign announced Monday.
“I’m proud to endorse Gretchen Whitmer because Michigan’s middle-class families need a governor who knows how to get things done,” said Obama said in a statement.
“Gretchen has spent her whole life getting real results for hardworking Michiganders, whether it was raising the minimum wage, or working to expand Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act to cover more than 680,000 people. As governor, she’ll focus on getting things done that will actually make a difference in people’s lives right now, like fixing Michigan’s roads, speeding up the replacement of lead pipes in communities like Flint, and getting our kids the skills they need to compete for good-paying jobs. That’s exactly the kind of leadership Michigan needs in the governor’s office right now.”
“It’s such an honor to have President Obama’s support because as President he fought every day to make sure hardworking Michiganders had access to quality, affordable health care and worked to rescue Michigan’s auto industry, which saved 1.5 million jobs,” said Whitmer.
“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act and the work I did as Senate Democratic Leader to expand Medicaid, more than 680,000 Michiganders now have health care who didn’t before. There’s still more work to do, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and expand Medicaid to the 600,000 Michiganders who still need care. Let’s get it done.”
Obama also endorsed Garlin Gilchrist II as the Democratic Lieutenant Governor candidate. On the congressional level, Obama also endorsed Democrats Haley Stevens in the 11th Congressional District and Elissa Slotkin in the 8th Congressional District, along with a smattering of state legislative candidates.
— Brightline Initiative (@BrightlineOrg) 27 september 2018
The 44th President of The United States, Barrack Obama, recently rounded out his trip to Scandinavia with a 40 minute keynote speech at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsnki, Finland.
He also spoke for over an hour to about 3,000 business leaders and others attending the Oslo Business Forum outside Oslo on Wednesday. Although the theme was technology, leadership and sustainability, he also addressed political developments in the West.