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Democrat Gretchen Whitmer denies reports about her ambition for the White House

After Biden's poor performance in the presidential debate against Trump, the Democratic Party is going through critical times and a wave of rumors has suggested the Michigan governor as a replacement candidate.

Gretchen Whitmer y Joe Biden(Mandel NGAN / AFP)

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Gretchen Whitmer "hates" the rumors that imply that she is interested in running as a potential replacement for Joe Biden in the presidential race for the White House. At least that's what the Michigan Democratic governor reportedly expressed to the president's campaign manager in a phone call that took place after the presidential debate on CNN.

Apparently, the call between Whitmer and Jennifer O'Malley Dillon took place Friday night. The governor wanted to make it clear that she is not behind the rumors that suggest she would like to run as a Democratic candidate. This was reported this week by POLITICO, which cites Democratic sources.

The Democratic environment is tense. While public reactions to the presidential debate are largely cautious, internally, the party remains apprehensive. None of the potential successors to Biden are willing to challenge his leadership, whether publicly or privately, for fear of backlast.

Additionally, stepping forward as a potential alternative to the president carries a negative image of excessive ambition. This explains why Gretchen Whitmer has denied, and possibly even leaked, any information suggesting she would replace Joe Biden.

This situation frustrates Democratic circles. High-ranking leaders are torn between their duty to defend Biden and their dismay over Biden's shortcomings. "The temperature is high," one Democratic governor assured POLITICO last Sunday, reflecting the anxiety among state party executives. "A lot of anxiety, a lot of folks at the edge of their seat."

Governor of Michigan

Gretchen Whitmer is a member of the Democratic Party in her home state of Michigan. She served in the state House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 before moving to the state Senate until 2015.

In 2017, she announced her intention to run for the Democratic Party in the state's gubernatorial election. She won in the party's primary against Abdul El Sayed with 52% of the total votes.

In the election, she won 53.31% of the state's total votes alongside Garlin Gilchrist as lieutenant governor. Her public support for Biden in the 2020 election, when Michigan was anticipated to be a swing state, played a crucial role in turning the state blue.

Her public image grew stronger after the FBI thwarted a kidnapping attempt against her.