Trump and Biden battle over Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talks about the critical role of her state.
3:51 | 10/31/20

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is, and bring in the democratic governor of that state, Gretchen Whitmer, who is coming to us from lancing, governor, good morning. I know you've been critical of him holding rallies in your state but his team is pushing back, the rallies are outside, handing out masks, what's your response to that? Listen, the footage tells the whole story. People are packing in right next to one another, many of them are not wearing masks, they are, you know, shouting and yelling, I mean, this is the circumstance under which we have seen covid spread. We've seen it from his rallies. They've been contact traced back to the rallies. The fact of the matter is, we are posting the worst covid numbers throughout -- over the last eight months right now in many states in this country and it's, frankly, because this white house has never been serious about having a national strategy. 200 and almost 30,000 people have died. Tens of millions unemployed. People in food lines who never imagined they would be and still don't have a national strategy eight months in and they're contributing to more spread. Joe Biden and Barack Obama are going to be holding drive-in event in your state today. Your fellow Michigan Democrat, the congresswoman Debbie Dingell has raised concerns that Biden may be actually showing signs of weakness among localonons. How confident are you Biden can win the key state of Michigan? I'm confident. You know, Debbie Dingell and I talk all the time and we're, of course, concerned. We're taking nothing for granted, but here's the thing about Joe Biden, his plan around getting the American economy backand running,n concert with getting their arms around covid, that's how we really get things done. He understands what people are going through. He is a humble, decent human being ows as an American president he serves everyone in this country, not states that are red or blue but everyone, and we need a president who can bring us together, who will fight for the middle class, the working people of this country, and ensure everyone's got a real path and that's what Joe Biden offers and I think that's why he resonates so well with Michigan voters. Speaking of voters in Michigan and the voting that's happening right now, as you know, election officials in your state are now saying that we might not get results from Michigan until the end of the week next week. What do you say to people who might be concerned about this delay? Well, listen, I think the most important thing is that we get the count right. We will move swiftly but our secretary of state has been saying for weeks because of the increased volume of absentee votes, it is going to take a little while longer to count them all. We asked the Michigan legislature for the ability to give our clerks more time to process on the front end. They gave them one day. I was glad to sign the bill but it should have been a lot longer and so the fact of the matter is we're going to get it right and we Dant anyone to call the election until it's -- we've gotten an official determination from the secretary of state. We're going to count every ballot. Has the pandemic been impacting people's capacity to vote in your state? I know in some states the pandemic, the virus has shut down polling stations. Is that happening in Michigan? Well, what we have seen, you know, we amended our constitution in 2018 to give people the ability to go prior to election day and vote. I'm so glad we did because, of course, none of us knew we would be in the midst of a global pandemic but it's safer to go vote now. So to my fellow michiganders, if you've not voted yet, go today or Monday. If you go to you can plug your address in and find out what options are in your state and get those ballots in and not stand in line all day and not have to expose yourself to the potential spread of covid. Thank you very much. Have a safe election.

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