Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Whether She'll Be the Next Democratic Party Chair

Granholm discusses the party's top job on "Powerhouse Politics" podcast.

July 28, 2016, 6:52 PM

— -- Will former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm serve as the future chair of the Democratic Party?

“I do not know where that came from. I did not put my name in,” Granholm told ABC News Political Director Rick Klein, shutting down the possibility of her taking over the reins of the Democratic Party from interim chair Donna Brazile.

“I have not talked to anybody about it. I totally endorse Donna Brazile,” Granholm explained.

“But she’s only going to do it for a couple of months though,” Klein interjected.

“She should do it longer than that!” the former governor said with a laugh.

On this week’s episode of “Powerhouse Politics” podcast, Granholm also discussed what Hillary Clinton’s nomination means for the next generation of office-seekers, especially young women and girls.

“It’s really very deep for women of my generation and lots of women, obviously. ... I think there’s a real sense here of a woman who has worked really hard to get where she is and the qualifications she has. And here, one of us has finally made it. So, it’s very emotional,” said Granholm, who became the first woman to serve as the governor of Michigan in 2003.

Granholm admits that she started screaming when she saw Hillary Clinton breaking the glass ceiling on-screen at the Democratic National Convention this week.

“Gosh, I, along with everyone else, screamed at the top of my lungs!” Granholm said, calling the video “the perfect symbol” for marking Clinton’s historic presidential nomination. “And then when [the cameras] panned back and saw the kids next to her, there’s that realization that it’s not about her, but it’s about all of us. It’s about the next generation.”

But she added that the nomination of the first female presidential candidate on a major party ticket should be inspirational for young men, as well. “Both genders need to have the lesson that it shouldn’t matter what your plumbing is in order for you to take a position of leadership.”

As for Clinton’s opponent, Donald Trump, Granholm suggested that the Republican presidential nominee’s message about jobs may resonate well with workers in her home state, but “it’s going to be tough for him” to flip Michigan to a red state.

“However, I do think it’s going to be close,” she noted. “When he talks about the issues related to jobs and trade, that’s really important for our state.”

But, according to Granholm, Trump has yet to prove how he will create jobs for American workers.

“[Clinton], on the other hand, has a really aggressive, advanced manufacturing plan. She wants to make the biggest investment in job creation since World War II in this country. That, people need to hear. She’s got plans to do it. He’s got rhetoric. And rhetoric doesn’t get you anywhere," Granholm said.

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