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Biden Administration: Police Reform and Gun Control
"Kristen. Where does the white house think they can make progress on police reform or on gun regulation so taking both of those issues. Chuck i on police. Reform the white house's pushing for the george floyd bill which passed the house to pass the senate. That is a bill that would make it easier to prosecute police misconduct. It would pour resources into training. Police there is a bipartisan effort. To try to move that forward no progress though same thing as it relates to gun. They're urging congress to act on two bills that would expand background checks that passed the house. They want the senate to act the reality though chuck while those two things are stalled. The white house focused on infrastructure. It's big push
Fresh update on "gretchen whitmer" discussed on The Ben Shapiro Show
"One day he told me that he was having problems in this class is I think one of our own Only agenda is giving you a voice. Okay, ABC pendulous Orange County stimulus station suspect in a triple murder in central Texas. Maybe a former peace officer. You have some preliminary information that he might be prior law enforcement. But I don't have that confirmed to me at this time in her in Boston Police chief Joseph Cone did not tell reporters this afternoon, which agency Stephen Broderick may have worked for how long Broderick is accused of shooting two women and a man to death late this morning in the Northwest Austin apartment. It's believed he knew the victims. The 41 year old Is still on the loose. He's an African American stands five FT seven inches was last seen on a gray hoody, a ball cap and sunglasses. The secretary of state, says President Biden's administration is in the process of fixing an immigration system that was broken when they inherited it. Speaking on a bee sees this week, Antony Blinken says progress on the system is being made, even if it's not as fast as the administration would like blank and emphasize that Biden does plan to allow more refugees into the US at some point, But now is not. The time for it to happen comes after Biden drew criticism from his own party. After leaving the immigration refugee camp at about 15,000 number, said during the Trump error that immigration advocates say is far too low. The governor of Michigan is urging everyone to do their part and fighting the latest wave of cove in 19 interstate, imploring people to take this seriously mask up. Get Tested if you've been around someone who's positive, stay home on NBC's meet the press, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer says. We're lucky to have more knowledge of the virus treatments for it and vaccines to allow for less strict control measures. But the fight isn't over. Godzilla versus Con continues to battle it out at the box office. The Warner Brothers Monster movie is this weekend's champ and North American theaters, earning nearly $8 million in the US in Canada. I'm Dean Mutual. Get your kid is right. Radio 7 90.
Surging Virus Has Michigan's Whitmer at Loggerheads With Biden
"About two. Dozen hospitals in the great state of michigan are at ninety percent capacity or above as that state steel. That state deals with a huge surge in cova crisis at least one michigan hospital the mclaren port huron hospitals at one hundred percent capacity as of this morning chief medical officer. They're saying that when his hospital tried to transfer out some of its patients with the most acute needs. They couldn't do it They faced long delays trying to move patients out because so many hospitals are so crowded. There's nowhere to move them. To as michigan cova cases and hospitalizations continue to rise inexorably without any relief at all. The michigan health and hospital association said today they expect the number of hospitalizations in the state to beat last fall's peak to head up higher than they have ever been before during the crisis at all. This is the daily new reported coronavirus cases in michigan. Right now there are dozens of states that are having covid case numbers spike across the country but michigan is by far the worst. Still though even in light of that today. The white house confirmed again that they're not planning to send an extra allocation of vaccines to to michigan. That is what governor gretchen. Whitmer is asking for to try to get michigan's crisis under control. The white house says they will send other resources to michigan to try to help but not additional vaccine supplies when you have an acute situation Extraordinary number of cases like we have in michigan. The answer is not necessarily to give vaccine in fact. We know that the vaccine will have a delayed response. The answer to that is to really close things down to go back to basics to go back to where we were last spring Last summer to down to flatten occurred to decrease contact with one another to chaffetz to the extent that we have available to to contact tracers. Sometimes can't even do it at the capacity that you
Michigan Governor, Battling Virus Surge, Pleads for More Vaccine Supplies
"Michigan has the highest rate of New cove in 19 infections in the country. With cases spiking in the state. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is pushing the White House for more covert 19 vaccines. So far, President Biden has said the federal government will give Michigan more federal resource is to support vaccinations and testing but not additional
CDC Chief Urges Michigan to 'Close Things Down' Amid Spike
"Michigan is dealing with what the CDC called an extraordinary number of new covert nineteen cases but the by the administration says the solution is not sending the state more vaccine doses CDC cheaper shovel Lenski says a vaccine surge in response to a case surgery is not the way to go because it'll be weeks before the vaccines make an impact instead the answer to that is to really close things down to go back to our basics to go back to where we were last spring I am last summer marks came after governor Gretchen Whitmer urged people to voluntarily restrict some activities she's not issuing any new mandates but instead is urging residents to do their part Sager mag ani Washington
COVID-19 Spreading 'Like Wildfire' in Michigan
"Spreading like wildfire. It's breaking their hearts were exhausted. Emotionally hospital admissions jumping nearly 30% in the upper Midwest. In just the past week, the CDC ranking Michigan the number one hot spot in the country and hospitals feeling the strain some patients facing 8 to 10 hour wait times those hospitalized, shifting away from now vaccinated older Americans to those unvaccinated younger adults. Now we're seeing that kind of 40 to 59 age group is the largest group that's getting infected. Certainly certainly seeing some Children. They're getting l. But it's really that young adult population that's driving a lot of the cases. So for us this surge is bigger than it was a year ago, doctors say, driving the surge, a mix of reduced restrictions, pandemic fatigue and the UK variant, which now accounts for 70% of the new cases in Michigan. The federal government now sending Michigan more personnel to administer vaccines. The governor Gretchen Whitmer, doubling down that our state needs more shots when there is a surge. We think that it's important that we we go toe we rush in to meet where that need is across the country. The supply of Johnson and Johnson
Michigan isn't getting extra vaccine to fight COVID surge
"Has the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the country. As a result, the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has asked for it increase. And the number of vaccine doses center state to deal with the crisis. The Bite administration has said no, reportedly claiming the state is not efficiently allocating the vaccine that it has received. Governor Whitman responded to that charge on CBS's face The Nation. I don't think there is the governor in the country that's leaving any vaccines on the table, and I can tell you that's certainly the case of Michigan. We are getting shots and arms. We got over a million shots in arms just in the last two weeks.
COVID-19 Cases Are On The Rise In Nearly Two Dozen States
"The pace of coronavirus vaccinations is rising nationwide, more than 35% of the population has received at least one dose. But the average number of infections and hospitalizations are also on the rise. NPR's Joel Rose reports, The numbers are climbing in more than two dozen states. The average number of cases is climbing especially fast. In Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer blames the more infectious variant of the Corona virus that was first seen in the U. Okay. She's urging her state's residents to voluntarily take a two week pause on indoor dining and other gatherings. Here's Whitmer, speaking on CBS What's happening in Michigan today? Could be what's happening in other states tomorrow, and so it's on all of us to recognize we can squash where we're seeing hot spots. Wittmer is asking the Biden administration to surge additional vaccine doses to Michigan and other virus hot spots. So far, the White House is offering help but no extra
Biden to Rush Vaccination Support to Michigan as Governor Urges Limits
"President Joe Biden is sending out vaccination support to Michigan but not vaccines due to the state Having the worst outbreak in the nation nearly 6900 new cases and 74 deaths on Saturday, President Biden plans to use the federal government to help Michigan better utilize the doses. The state already has a plan also includes increasing testing capacity and providing more medication for the sick. Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking for a two week cause of in person learning in high school. Was indoor restaurant, dining and youth
Biden to rush vaccinators, testing to hard-hit Michigan
"The by the administration is rushing federal help to Michigan which is facing the country's highest rate of new coronavirus infections in a call with president Biden yesterday governor Gretchen Whitmer says she made a request we have asked for more vaccines calling for a surge of doses to states like hers facing outbreaks the White House says that won't happen the fair and equitable way to distribute the vaccine is based on that the adult population by state tribe or territory instead virus response coordinator Jeff science says the administration will help Michigan administer the doses it already has more efficiently and is ready to send more personnel meantime Whitmer's urging two week suspensions of in person high school classes all youth sports and indoor restaurant dining Sager made Ghani Washington
Michigan residents 16 and older eligible for COVID vaccine by April 5
"Michigan is making it easier for nearly everyone to be protected against the coronavirus. The vaccine eligibility will drop to 16 and older on April 5th. But those with underlying health conditions and anyone over 50 congee a shot starting March 22nd. Governor Gretchen Whitmer says nearly one million residents have already received their
Whitmer encourages investigation into New York Gov. Cuomo's conduct
"Andrew Cuomo says, despite the allegations of inappropriate conduct, I'm not going to resign because of allegations allegations of sexually suggestive talked to aides. Democratic Governor Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer on CNN's state of the Union, saying she won't prejudge what happened. Allegations here are very serious and need to be taken seriously. And I do think that a And impartial, thorough independent investigation is merited and an appropriate but members of the president's own party as well as Republicans have called for him to step down. Democratic leaders say to expect the
Texas and other states ease COVID-19 rules despite warnings
"Texas is among the states easing coronavirus restrictions governor Greg Abbott announced starting next week in Texas wearing a mask will not be mandatory each person has their own role to play in their own personal safety as well as in the safety of others five no mask requirement there will be no limits on indoor dining in Texas governor Gretchen Whitmer is easing virus rules in Michigan restaurants and bars can operate at fifty percent capacity Louisiana is also loosening the rules so is the city of San Francisco but CDC director Dr Richelle Wilensky has been warning not to risk a new wave of the virus we're not out of the woods coronavirus numbers are still alarmingly high I'm a Donahue
Man pleads guilty in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
"Said. In October, it broke up a plot by anti government extremists to kidnap governor Whipper. She'd imposed coronavirus restrictions that angered them, says the FBI. In a plea agreement, Tigar been admitted that he and several others built what they called a shoot house on his property to look like Governor winners vacation home and they practiced firing at it. Last fall. Garbage lawyers said he didn't intend to kidnap the governor, no matter what he might have said in recorded or online conversations, the lawyer said, saying things like I hate the governor is not illegal. Even if you're holding a gun.
Man to plead guilty in plot to kidnap Michigan governor
"One of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to plead guilty to a kidnapping conspiracy the FBI said in October it broke up a plot by anti government extremists to kidnap governor Whitmer she'd impose coronavirus restrictions that angered them says the FBI in a plea agreement tie Garbin admitted that he and several others built what they called a shoot house on his property to look like governor Whitmer's vacation home and they practiced firing at it last fall gardens lawyers said he didn't intend to kidnap the governor no matter what he might have said in recorded or online conversations the lawyer said saying things like I hate the governor is not illegal even if you're holding a gun I read a folly
Trial date set in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
"Ah federal judge set a trial date for six men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor, Gretchen Whitmer. Will be in court March 23rd facing a conspiracy charge carrying the maximum penalty of life in prison. They were arrested in October after the FBI investigated the alleged plot to kidnap Wittmer enter vacation home. Five men are from Michigan in the sixties from Delaware. Lawyers representing them say it was all talk and they weren't going to follow through on the
Delaware man in plot to kidnap Michigan governor seeks release
"One of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan's governor is hoping to be freed from jail. Here's Nicole Wilson very crossed was allegedly the ringleader behind the plot to kidnap governor Gretchen Whitmer. That's according to the documents filed by federal prosecutors in court. Croft is from Delaware and according to the news journal, their federal officials are adamantly pro testing his release. They say Croft is a violent extremist and that releasing him would be unreasonable. Croft and several others were arrested back in October after their plans were exposed. Croft is being held in a federal lockup in Philadelphia, waiting to be transported to
FDA approves Moderna coronavirus vaccine
"Fda has authorized moderna coronavirus vaccine that comes after the independent vaccines and related biological products. Advisory committee voted twenty. Two nothing with one abstention to recommend the fda did so dr steven paragon a committee member and infectious disease and vaccine expert at the fred hutchinson. Cancer research center said quote. There's no doubt in my mind. It looks like the benefits outweigh the risks. From what i've seen on quote the pfizer vaccine continues to ship but states are increasingly complaining of fewer doses than expected. Michigan governor gretchen whitmer and colorado governor jared. Police were disappointed on friday. I still cannot get straight answer out of the trump administration about why michigan like many other states is receiving a fraction of the vaccines that we were slated to receive. There are millions of pfizer. Vaccines many right here. In portage michigan that are waiting to be shipped and there is either corruption or an aptitude at is keeping us from saving lives and protecting people. Bad news is the numbers for that we're going to get from visor are lower next week. Not just for us for every state the what we had been told before and i do call upon the federal government. I saw visors for nouncement that they had doses waited in the warehouse and they just needed to be told where to send them We say send them to colorado but we encourage the federal government to get those distributed out. They're not doing any good in a fight. Your
6 men indicted in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
"A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap the governor of Michigan the six men five from Michigan and one from Delaware were arrested in early October investigators say it was a plot by anti government extremists who are angry about the coronavirus policies of Michigan's democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer the men were arrested after some of them scheduled a meeting with an undercover FBI agent to buy explosives and other supplies the indictment repeats allegations made during an October hearing where an agent testified that the men were involved with paramilitary groups conducted surveillance of witness vacation house in northern Michigan I conducted live fire training exercises the indictment says that one of the men sent electronic message suggesting they kill police officers to interfere with their plans I'm Jennifer came
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The View
"Angry that you are trying to save their lives. That's where we are. WE'LL BE BACK We're back with Governor Gretchen whitmer joy. So governor just came through about half an hour ago that these same guys who are plotting to kidnap you also discussed kidnapping Governor Ralph Northam. Virginia. I mean. This was a big plan. I have a feeling bigger than just what we know what you would have to say about. that. In, this moment in American politics is so crucial that people of goodwill on both sides of the aisle stand up and call this out and call it what it is in, examine their own behavior and ask have I done anything to contribute to this giving a domestic terror groups credibility or even them space sending them message or encouragement means that you're complicit in this? Would I think this is a moment in American history where we need to see leader stand up for the right thing right now lives are the line whether it's around, covid? Nineteen. Or does around domestic terror and that's why I'm so pleased to see ascending McCain is support Joe Biden for the reasons that character and and the future of our country and the ability to bring us together. It's so important for all of us. Let's talk a little bit about the election right now the polls are looking very good for Joe Biden who has a double digit national lead, and at one point just reminded run you were on his short list for vice president. How do you see this race placing playing out over the next three weeks? While I can tell you that by Nan Kamala Harris are spending a lotta time here in Michigan Doug Hof. was here last night we were together trying to make sure people now you're in Michigan UPN vote right now you can walk into a polling or into a clerk's office and request your absentee ballot and fill it out and turn it in and your vote is in the bank and that's what we're really encouraging people to do. We don't want long lines we don't want people to congregate were still in the midst of The global pandemic and this race is GonNa. It's GonNa be close I I know that eight points looks like a big lead and but here's what I know about. Michigan with a big win in two thousand, eighteen still was fifty three percent of vote I won by over four hundred thousand votes and that's what an overwhelming victory looks like. So elections are always.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The View
"Welcome back the alleged plot to kidnap and possibly kill Michigan. Governor Gretchen Whitmer is chilling reminder of how visit of and dangerous political climate has become in America but we're happy to say she's safe and that she's here with us today and we want to say, welcome. Welcome to the view and we are really happy that you're with us today. Cindy I'M GONNA. Let you take this. Sir. Governor Welcome. For All of us in public life we we're faced sometimes with. Things similar to this but I've never seen anything like this at all I know how this affects family can you just tell us how you are doing and how your family is doing? I appreciate the question and I appreciate all of your family's years of service and I appreciate the FBI and the Michigan State police who risk their own lives to keep my family and me safe. This has been a tough year. There's no question but I do think that a lot of the rhetoric that is is more frequently available and being stoke done on many platforms is downright dangerous and I think we saw one example of of how has become a reality. My family and I are safe. We've never feared for our safety because we have the phenomenal Michigan State police. However, none of us can stand for these kind of actions in this country and it needs to be bipartisan call to action to bring the heat down to get to a place where we're call out domestic tariff for what it is is Americans who are seeking to hurt or intimidate other Americans and it will not stand none of us can can stand for it. Governor more than a dozen men were charged with federal and state crimes in connection to the plot which included kidnapping you before the election from your vacation home and these men had bought a tasers were planning on buying explosive and had spied on your home. How close did these men get to actually carrying out their plan? While, they were apparently very serious about it and taken affirmative actions towards doing that the FBI and the Michigan State police worked diligently fortunately, they foiled the plot but it's very clear from the affidavits that it wasn't simply to kidnap. It was to put me on a trial of some sort and then possibly execute me. That's the kind of thing that you would expect to hear from a group like Isis and that's why when people refer to these groups casually as militias, we have to call it for what it is and we have to call out domestic terrorism. In my comments shortly after the plot was revealed I quoted Ronald Reagan because I know that there are Republicans of goodwill who will stand with me. There certainly are those who use their platforms to stoke an inside and get comfort to these groups, and that is not acceptable, and that's really one of the things I think that is at stake in this election just three weeks we have a choice between someone who has done just that or someone who's a deeply You know human kind person who reached out a deeply decent person like Joe Biden. Governor, there were significant backlash to the covert nineteen restrictions you put in place. In fact, two of the men charged with the plot to kidnap you were photographed at one of several large protests who you're corona virus response efforts to try to protect your constituents yesterday the Michigan Supreme Court seems to have ruled that you don't have the power now to impose certain restrictions. Do you think in retrospect that may be the restrictions were too harsh that you implemented. No I wouldn't change a thing studies have shown that the actions we took saved thousands of Michigan lives I sleep at night knowing that what we did have saved people in the state. In fact, our economy is one of the top ten economic recoveries in the country because we followed science on, we took action the supreme, court did a lot of mental gymnastics and had a party line vote and invalidated the nineteen forty five law that was the source of. A lot of the actions that we took but the fact of the matter is they said, I did what I could do under the current law that was available to me and and it worked to save lives in our economies in a stronger position. All this is precarious. We know that as a nation had had, we been following the science and taking action our economy would be stronger fewer people would be unemployed if you're people would be in food lines. Fewer people would have been fatalities and yet as a nation, we still haven't gotten our arms around it, and that's why I, think there's such high stakes for every one of us. covid nineteen is still very present. It is still a very real threat and we have to have leadership who is going to get it under control and get the economy back up and humming in a way that means there's real opportunity for everyone. So. So true to form a rather than expressed concern for your safety or health trump took to twitter to say that you had done A. Terrible job on quote as governor said, you did a terrible job as governor but and that you should have thanked him for federal law enforcement's role in supporting your kidnapping plot. What is your former? What's your response? I have not surprised sadly I'm. Not surprised. First foremost. I. Started by thinking the law enforcement that they put themselves on the line to keep us safe my family and I are incredibly grateful and that's how I started. Secondly, there's no question that the actions we have taken in Michigan and put us in a stronger position than most other states. Now, this is a moment where leaders can either call out. You know evil intent and plot like one to unprecedented to take out a sitting governor should matter what side of the aisle that governor sits on. What is at stake here is leadership in. America in leadership are American leadership in the world it was an opportunity to say, how are you doing? How is your family we care about you? We might not agree but we care about you. That would be a deeply decent thing to do. But that's not what happened. In this administration I, think it's just a stark reminder of of the character and this moment in our nation in three weeks we're going to decide are we going to restore integrity and humanity and the humanity in one another? I. Hope we are, and that's what I'm working for. So, governor, we're going to come back with more with you but I just wanted to sack minded insane that people were.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The View
"And Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is live to talk about why she says those allegedly plotting to kidnap and possibly kill her were inspired by the president stand back and by he told them and respond to reports that armed militia groups play on patrolling the polls on election day. Here come hot topics with Whoopie Sarah. She Bihar Sunny hostile and and Megan, McCain. Now let's get things started. Hello and welcome to the view joining us as our very special guest Co. please welcome the fabulous mazing. Cindy McCain. Are you. We are really we're so happy to have you with us and we. At our condolences to the passing of your mother-in-law Roberta, she truly was a one of a kind wasn't she? She. She was absolutely one of a kind and someone that that we all admired that for me particularly I not only looked up to her but she was a great tour and a great guide for me through through the minefield of politics. I will miss her so much. I cannot tell you she was such a lovely woman and I'm just glad she's with John now and they're probably arguing politics and having a great time. Next sooner. So excited for Megan here at the show and big congrats on the arrival of baby liberty, but we are dying. T we need to know how are they doing? Who Does she look like? Oh She's beautiful. She says perfect and they're so happy. She's just she. She's a finally first little girl in the family. So I'm excited about that and they're just doing really well, and Megan couldn't be happier and Ben as well. They're just the to new parents that are just enjoying every second of it. Good. Salute Joy Cindy. Yeah I saw that baby that baby one hundred, percent McCain. McCain baby. Bi. Let me some political question. Because you bravely decided to cross the island, throw your support behind Joe Biden your husband's old friend. And I'm wondering how is that playing in your home state and with your friends with Republican friends are they Are they okay with a or are they turning on you? What's going on? Well. The reason I did this because I like many Americans want a a country that's more civil that has a leader that that is knowing not only has a plan for not just Kobe that a plan for the country to dig it out of this mess. But more importantly respect our troops and respects our our our men and women who serve I just do not. Believe that my two sons were are losers and suckers, and so there were a lot of reasons that was kind of the the culminating Parsh- of it and I really believe that that that Joe can put us back on the right track. Something's got to put us right on the back back on the right track and I believe both Joe and Kamala can do that. Love Okay. Well Cindy speaking about. Kamla you said that this wasn't just about Joe Biden because you've worked with his running mate. Senator Kamala Harris before can you tell us a little bit about that? Well I've worked with Kamala on. Human trafficking issues, and in particular on the back page issue which conlow was a huge portion of making sure that we put those guys you try those guys and put them away. That was a huge thing that that she was able to help us get shut down and she. She is a brilliant mind not only in that arena but of course, many different issues as well. They make a good team. was. The great thing is that you don't always agree with one hundred percent of what somebody right stands for. You have to agree that they are the best person to take the country in hand and move us forward and so I just have to say it was beautiful to say and such. As Joyce. said it it? It was. It was really. Elegant and wonderful, and I appreciated it because it's now not even about left and right it's about forward. How do we get forward and passed this insanity? So. I was GonNa say I'll let you go first. Go ahead you talk. No well, the the thing about Joe and John were and they were perfect example of what was right about America was they work together they didn't always agree fact they rarely agreed completely on any issue, but they work together for the good of the country, not the good of the parties they would. Launch afterwards it was. They were there was truly what the system was about in those days. What you're been, go to see, saved the the ACA your husband really winning here and save the ACA. Moment of total patriotism and we're GONNA I believe that we are in an emergency situation in this country right now with trump and his enablers and I. Salute you for for putting country above party. It really is inspiring I. Wish that more of the Republicans would do that and they're so scared of him they're scared of losing their job. You're not many jobs I have lost in lifetime? Zo many jobs and yet they're so scared of losing their jobs. It's not the worst thing in the world to lose your job it's upsetting every sometimes. Sometimes sometimes people need a change and I suspect. We'll see a lot of what happens when the election happens I. Think we're GONNA see a lot of changes happening and and I think it's good because the thing you can ever do with America is you can't take your eyes off the prize. The prize is the American people and once you sort of put them to the side. They don't really WanNa mess with you very much I see. Yes we'll to go. We'll.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The View
"This. We'll be right back. Governor Gretchen, whitmer lockdown orders sparked heavily armed protests outside her office and shocking death threats. She's on the view next. We are really strong women. People need to hear. Women have to say and that's how. We will back you what we will stand with you. WHO's anybody who wants to make it to? The next level in politics has to come on this show. Talking about the issue, everyone is talking about at home. It is up to all of us to continue the conversation. I'll see you on the view. Say you on the beer. That's enough. Welcome back Michigan has become the most heated battle ground against lockdown orders in America with heavily armed protesters, staging angry demonstrations right outside of Governor Gretchen Whitmer. And she joins US Lau. Live now from Michigan. To tell us why she is continuing on the on the path that she's on. Thanks for being the governor. I WANNA ask you. Michigan has the fourth highest number of corona virus. Deaths in the conscience, and not only. Are you trying to keep everyone save, but you're also dealing with armed protesters. Against US stay at home orders, these protesters, they hindering the state's ability to contain the virus in any way. While start with this. Michigan is a state of almost ten million people and the vast majority of people in my state are doing the right thing, and they are taking this seriously. I am going to stay tethered to the science epidemiology. I'M GONNA. Make decisions based on bats not based on. Political rhetoric or tweets for that matter. We're going to stay focused because what we're doing this working. We have seen our trajectory drop. We have seen our ability to test ramp up. And the number of positives continue to decline. What we're doing is working so these protests they do undermine the effort, and it's very clearly a political statement that is playing out where people are coming together from. From across the state, they are congregating. They're not wearing masks. They are not saying six feet apart in they go back home into communities and the risk of perpetuating the spread of covid nineteen Israel. We've seen it happen, and that's why you know. While I respect people's right to dissent. They need to do it in a way that is responsible in does not put others at risk. Governor, you know I was really struck by the fact that you've described the protests as some of the worst racism and awful parts of our history, and you even said that there were swastikas, confederate flags and nooses present on a recent call you ask vice president pence if he could discourage the protesters. Do you think you will get his support and given trump's tweets to liberate? Michigan, make a deal with protesters. Do you feel the administration is helping fuel the fire here? While I. DO think that the fact of the matter is these protests it. You know in a perverse way. Makes it likelier that we're going to have to stay in a stay home posture. The whole point of them supposedly is that they don't want to be doing that. And that's why I'm asking that. Everyone with the platform. Call on people to do the right. Thank you know they have been These have been really political rallies where people come with confederate flags and Nazi symbolism and and calling for violence..
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on Pantsuit Politics
"Be joined by Gretchen. Whitmer the forty ninth governor of Michigan and a longtime member of the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate born and raised in Michigan in the mother of two daughters. We hope you enjoyed our conversation with Governor Whitmer. We'll governor were so honored to have you here today. We wanted to start out by just acknowledging that the entire country is in a constant and overwhelming state of grief. We have the deaths of George Floyd and Brianna Taylor and Ahmad Armory that we're grieving and processing we've lost over a hundred thousand people to covid. Nineteen people are grieving businesses and lost jobs from your perspective. We just want to ask how is Michigan? Doing how do you perceive the people handling all of this in the State? That you lied. I would add another stressor unique to Michigan as we had five hundred year flood event as well had to evacuate thousand people and the next morning. I president the twitter threatening to take money away from Michigan because we were mailing t ballot application. And so you add all of these things and and it is a time of high anxiety and stress and yet every single day is a source of inspiration whether it is An eleven year old. Who made me a mask or it is The people in this community of Midland Michigan. Who suffered to flood who are reaching out helping one another or it's one of the incredible people that has been on the front line of this crisis every single day. John Twelve weeks and was exhausted. What has seen their work Save lives and so there's inspiration day like Michigan has really the people of the state despite some of the protests that we've all seen on television the vast majority of people in this state of taking this seriously have made the sacrifice that we've asked and it is. We're seeing that. It's paid off and that we saved lives and we saved our healthcare system fan. We are now in a place where we can start to re-engage actors of our economy safely. And so I. I think that there's that there's hope even all of this hearts up that were confronting we talk about here on the podcast is you never get one hundred percent by in. It's not like even during the revolutionary war. There weren't people that either wanted to stay with Britain or really didn't carry their way like I think we have this theory that every single person has to have complete and total buy in. But really you can do so much without one hundred percent very true and that's a good reminder for everyone in this moment though. This is a public health crisis and it really shouldn't fall along traditional party lines and I think that's the part that I find discouraging. I think we'll get through that. I know we'll get through this then. I think we'll be able to find common ground on some really important In some very important ways however it is distressing that in the midst of a global pandemic there are political angle. That are I think. Creating a lot of the confusion anxiety people are feeling and it would be great if everyone with the platform could focus on the science and the public health first and foremost and in all of the decisions that that we have to make. I'm not at the state level. Well I think that's you know everyone who works in politics or does policy understands you. It's this really delicate balance between the political capital and the public buying and during a public health crisis. I think what's so brutal for people in leadership like you is that the stakes are higher. The timeline is shorter and the need for that public. Buyin is even more intense and you know you had not been on the job very long but I wonder as you look back over these last few months and as the pressure to reopen increases and we look forward to the fall and we all know where many months away from a vaccine. How are you thinking about that balance? How do we get the public by in? How do we strip the partisanship out of this? Do you think so. Much of it is trickling down from the presidency. I just as you look back and as we move forward into the fall. How are you thinking about that balance? Well there's no question that the person with the biggest megaphone makes a difference right and so certainly when the president singled me out for some criticism it really changed the political dynamic here on the ground. That's such a polite way to put it. I really think that was very grace field of you know I got gotTa keep working with with all of these people and so i. I also think it's important that we're uninstall what's happening here. He Political Dynamic Michigan. I've changed very quickly after that happened. The Republican controlled House and Senate went from supporting my executive orders to challenging them. Taking me to court I won in the trial court. I know we're going on appeal so it's not quite over but backing the matter of everyone with a platform and make a difference. I can lead people's fears or can feed into them can seek to find common ground or can divide us and so I think that that's why it is important that we stay together to the fats. That people like you know. Governors across the country are for making decisions because there hasn't been a national strategy and at the end of the day. These decisions that are. GonNa you know. Save lives and so faint heather to the science and to the facts I think is most important thing but communicating with the people who are feeling this anxiety who are worried about whether or not they're going to be able to pay their rent or take you know. Put some food on the table for their family. People who are mourning the loss of a loved one. We've lost Over fifty two hundred michiganders' who covid nineteen and we were the trajectory. We were originally on Tells us we were lost thousands more if we hadn't hadn't done the things that we've that we've done and so I do. Think that communicating regularly.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The View
"To the view where anything could happen joys. Not here today but we do have back in guess. Coho seat the fabulous the amazing Sarah. Hey Sarah glad you're with us today good so yesterday one of the commodity one of the MVP's on the Corona Virus Task Force. Dr Anthony Chew Remotely testified to the Senate warning that reopening too early could result in an outbreak that we can't control but Senator Rand Paul who had the corona virus and still isn't wearing masks. Said he wants a second opinion. Watch not to say. This isn't deadly but really outside of New England we've had a relatively benign course for this virus nationwide and I think the one size fits all that we're GONNA have a national strategy and nobody's going to go to school is kind of ridiculous so I think we ought to have a little bit of humility in our belief that we know what's best for the economy as much as I respect. You doctor algae. I don't think you're the tall. Never made myself out to be the end all and only voice in this. I'm a scientist. A physician and a public health official. I give advice. According to the scientific evidence we don't know everything about this virus and we really better be very careful particularly when it comes to children. I mean you know Dr Fouled. She said from day one. He's about the facts and science on this. And so why is this being politicized or am I? Crazy isn't politicized because that's kind of what it feels like to me. Sunny your opinion. Well I think dodger was giving facts. I think it was rampal. That was trying to politicize it. And he was comparing Sweden and Sweden's opening and I think that he failed to mention. The Sweden does have the largest number of covert nineteen cases and fatalities in Scandinavia. And what was most offensive to me was he was talking about. Children and children are not immune to the effects of covert nineteen. There's a ten year old child at Kentucky in critical condition and New York. There are at least ninety three children and teens that have this inflammatory syndrome that is believed to be linked to covert nine thousand. Nine hundred and that syndrome is still not really understood. You know my my son's friend is seventeen. Years old is in the hospital. Icu in Westchester suffering. And the suggestion somehow that we should just open up. Schools is just really ludicrous. Because if one child dies. Isn't that just too much? If my child is affected of someone's child is affected and we don't know enough does rampal that that's just kind of okay. I think that kind of cavalier notion is what has gotten. The United States into the situation is in with over eighty thousand people dead. This administration and these senators needs to be very careful with that kind of political rhetoric. So far agreed with rampal that he's not the only voice in the room. But do you think Paul made some valid points about reopening megan? I guess this shows called the view because I have a completely different take on yesterday and I watched the entire thing and I would like to say. I respect DR J just as I most Americans do but look at California has just announced that they were extending their sheltering in place through August and I got more than a few phone calls from friends that are absolutely despondent out of work. Can't work can't go anywhere can't do anything and are really looking down the barrel of being unable to pay their mortgage being unable to feed themselves really scary things that you don't think of happening. In this time there are a lot of different ways to die from co vade. We're seeing suicide spikes in numbers. A thousand percent raise in the suicide hotlines here in the United States of America. There's depression at extra absolutely exponential levels and. I think the a lot of people are raising as I think. All of us have been very responsible at least here on the show and have abided by the rules. And I don't have a problem with that but brin was trying to say to Anthony Fauci is that you've been really wrong on a lot of things and there's a clip online. That was played on Tucker Carlson last night. Talking about everything from you. Don't have to wear masks to two point. Two million people are going to die too. We need millions of ventilators that now we have so many ventilators. We don't know what to do when we're giving it to foreign countries right now and I think if you someone like Elon. Musk who is completely waving his finger. At local officials in California he reopened Tesla yesterday brought back as workers. He employs thirty-seven thousand workers in California. And he's saying no. It is important that people go back to work as long as we do it safely and as of today. I'm not aware that Elon. Musk has been arrested for doing anything wrong. So I think that we're going to have to come to some kind of middle ground because right now. There's a lot of feelings of hopelessness that this is. Just where we're we're GONNA be sheltering in place not just to curb or flatten the CARB. We're going to be sheltering in place until we find a vaccine until there are no deaths in America whatsoever but at the same time we are going to bankrupt this country and not have enough ink in printers to print money to get us out of it so I think there has to be more than just or locking down the country for the foreseeable future and I know I'm going on a little tangent but last thing. I think what we're going to see is different states benefiting in different ways ways because some of the things I'm hearing is that people are just going to move to states like Georgia and Florida and Texas and decide to live their lives there and flee these major cities that aren't letting people live in any kind of substantial way right so Sarah what what what was your takeaway from wall this. Well I actually believe the doctors should have the final word when it comes to the virus. Doc I don't mind a second opinion because I seek them myself when I'm doing anything with my medical and and wellbeing but when doctor or Senator Rand Paul said that he needs to not have the final word. I've I've always said from the beginning that this is a young virus this falls under scientists and doctors. Dr Voucher is not being political. He took a hippocratic oath to do no harm when he became a doctor. He is purely warning on what they know. And what they very openly admit they don't know and a lot of the reason we haven't seen the numbers a lot of the things they predict. It is because we're doing what they told us to do. So I tend to err on the side of understand what? Megan brought up in regard to mental. Health is someone that struggles with anxiety and depression. The Comfort I find as much as I'm struggling in these times and sure a lot of people I mean tons of people are is. I know I have some tools for that. I know how to handle I to an extent. I. I know there are some things that can help me the scarier thing to me. Is this virus. Because right now we don't know and With young kids. And all these syndromes coming out. I once found comfort in the fact that we didn't think it was going to affect kids the same level and now we can't even say that so. I think the fact that we don't know much I totally understand that everyone needs to get back up and running but I don't even think of schools opened up right now as a parent. I'd feel comfortable sending my kids back. I because of what we don't know so again I know I I'm also going on a bit of a tangent here but I would say that I do trust Dr Chee. There was a CNN. Pull that said sixty seven percent of Americans do trust Dr Voucher and just will tend to always default to the doctors and scientists because they don't have a political They're not politically motivated for this so but there's a lot that no one knows so. I see pain on both sides. Well here's here's from may have a second to say. I want to say because I I just want to remind people. I don't think that there's any governor or anyone here who doesn't want to open up and get their states back on track. I don't think anyone is saying. Ooh I'm GonNa keep everyone home and GonNa keep this going. It seems to me that if they weren't doing all of this we'd be pissed at them because they didn't do their job so for me. You know yeah long can do that but he now has to make sure that he maintains all this stuff he's supposed to maintain there's no slack here see because once this starts up again and it may but it may also kick into something different. Which is what. Kids are discovering now. Nobody knows anything about this so the fact that he was wrong again it he was a lot. He was right about a lot more than he was wrong about. And I just don't see how if you open it up and people start traveling again. You know you don't because we don't know what other diseases this thing carries we don't know what else coke will come. You know it's it's going to be tricky but if you don't if you if you don't stay home you and you go out and you do everything and you catch it and die there you are. You still don't get to do any of the things you say he wanted to do. It's very tricky. Y'All we'll.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on KTOK
"Joe pags dot com I talk about to tell tarian ism and I've got to talk about Gretchen Whitmer and those of you listening in Michigan Liz I sell a house in Michigan I pay taxes in Michigan but my main residences in Texas but I love the state of Michigan was there eight years I was in television ads and radio I really got my footing in traction in this business I love the state I love the people there we've got more stations in Michigan that I believe anywhere else although Texas is very close it's fifteen or sixteen stations during the week Monday through Friday on the Joe pags show we love being on there what the hell were you thinking if I hear one more person giving the excuse that Gretchen Whitmer was elected because pot was on the was on the ballot sorry it is a more important smoke pot but it is to have somebody who is not there to tell you in in the in the governor's mansion governor Gretchen Whitmer who should never have one has made roles that are so restrictive that people of all political backgrounds went and rallied and and it showed a show of force in Lansing this week by the thousands they should open their car saying this isn't okay this person literally I was putting out a notice that doctors could not prescribe hydroxy caloric within her state it does have to do an about face from the FDA said well yeah it's probable it's safe it's been safer malaria for a long time this person obviously has places like Walmart cordon off complete sections of their stores so you can go to Walmart which is deemed essential legally by with Gretchen Whitmer says you can buy you can't bite grass seed or or other things that would allow you to maintain your lawn or your your garden during lockdown we're gonna let leave your house to go to work she says you can go boating but you just can't go on a boat with a motor I'm not even kidding I can't make this up she's deciding I don't buy item what is the what is it essential as if she'd she somehow knows and if you think I'm exaggerating with the voting thing look it up this is somebody who says marijuana dispensaries are essential we're getting a knee or hip replacement surgery that you've been waiting months to do are years to do and you're in pain is not essential this is somebody who is said to abortions are not elective therefore they're essential I kid you not this is from the blaze the headline is Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer abortions are life sustaining this is written by Phil silver the democratic governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer recently called access to abortion during the corona virus pandemic life sustaining I don't think the baby agrees Weber was discussing health care an abortion during a recent podcast interview with CNN correspondent former Obama adviser David Axelrod and she she made the comments after being asked about her plans regarding other states who have banned abortions during the outbreak what we're suggesting that well elective surgeries have been paused in Michigan abortions are considered essential and can still be performed we stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan the governor said some people tried to say that type of a procedure is considered the same as abortion and that's ridiculous a woman's health care she said her whole future her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election it's a fundamental to her life she continued it is life sustaining and it is something the government should not be getting in the middle of let's break it down dummy the movement for abortions is called what anybody in the audience anybody use and then you know it's called pro choice pro choice I'm pro life because I believe the baby should live your pro choice because you think the mother should have a choice to have an abortion or not well what.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"About to tell tarian ism and I've got to talk about Gretchen Whitmer and those of you listening in Michigan Liz I sell a house in Michigan I pay taxes in Michigan but my main residences in Texas but I love the state of Michigan was there eight years as in television and radio I really got my footing in traction in this business I love the state I love the people there we've got more stations in Michigan that I believe anywhere else although Texas very close is fifteen or sixteen stations during the week Monday through Friday on the Joe pags show we love beyond their what the hell were you thinking if I hear one more person give the excuse that Gretchen Whitmer was elected because pot was on the was on the ballot sorry it is a more important smoke pot Bennett is that somebody who is not there to tell tarian in the in the governor's mansion governor Gretchen Whitmer who should never have one has made roles that are so restrictive that people of all political backgrounds wait and rallied and and if you show a show of force in Lansing this week by the thousands they should open their car saying this isn't okay this person literally was putting out a notice that doctors could not prescribe hydroxy chloroquine in her state you don't have to do an about face from the FDA said well yeah it's probable it's safe it's been safer malaria for a long time this person obviously has places like Walmart cordon off complete sections of their stores so you can go to Walmart which is deemed essential legally by with Gretchen Whitmer says you can buy you can't bite grass seed or or other things that would allow you to maintain your loan or your your garden during lockdown we're gonna leave your house to go to work she says you can go boating but you just can't go on a boat with a motor I'm not even kidding I can't make this up she's deciding I don't buy item what is the what is an essential as if she'd she somehow knows and if you think I'm exaggerating with the voting thing look it up this is somebody who says marijuana dispensaries are essential we're getting a knee or hip replacement surgery that you've been waiting months to do are years to do and you're in pain is not essential this is somebody who is said to abortions are not elective therefore they're essential I kid you not this is from the blaze the headline is Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer abortions are life sustaining this is written by Phil silver the democratic governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer recently called access to abortion during the corona virus pandemic life sustaining I don't think the baby agrees Weber was discussing health care an abortion during a recent podcast interview with CNN correspondent former Obama adviser David Axelrod and she a she made the comments after being asked about her plans regarding other state to obtain abortions during the outbreak what we're suggesting that well elective surgeries have been paused in Michigan abortions are considered essential and useful we performed we stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan the governor said some people tried to say that type of a procedure is considered the same as abortion and that's ridiculous a woman's health care she said her whole future her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is not an election it's a fundamental to her life she continued it is life sustaining it is something the government should not be getting in the middle of let's break it down dummy the movement for abortions is called what anybody in the audience and while you're in there you know it's called pro choice pro choice I'm pro life because I believe the baby should live your pro choice because you think the mother should have a choice to have an abortion or not.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"You wear the Democratic leader in the legislature you were term limited out and you became briefly a county prosecutor in your Home County there around Lansing. One of the issues. That came up was the molestation of gymnasts by Dr Nassar at Michigan State and opponents criticized you later because they said you hadn't taken aggressive enough action against him given your history. That must have not landed well with you. Well let me start with telling you how I got how I became. Prosecutor was I was teaching at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University and it. My prosecutor got arrested for his involvement in human trafficking. And so he resigned in shame with is in this sex scandal and the judges in my county unanimously. Asked me to come in and clean up the prosecutor's office and so while I was there the Nassar case started to become publicly known. And there were decisions that predated my time in the prosecutor's office that Some were trying to play politics with and holds me accountable for We worked incredibly hard to get a warrant produce that actually what sent him away and so the yeah it was. It was terribly maddening for anyone to try to use that. Use the pain of the sexual assault victims against me as a political tool and NFL flat. Obviously let me ask you though about these big time sports programs and the looking the other way is is that something that needs to be looked more closely at because these are as you know. You're the governor of the state. You're a graduate of Michigan State. These big sports programs are huge revenue producers four universities and magnets for university. So there's a reluctance to kind of upset. The apple car. Yeah there is but that being said these are supposed to be institutions of higher learning. That also have sports teams not sporting institutions that also teach some classes and. I think that it's really important that They we hold them to high standards that you know these are phenomenal institutions that have been built up over years but the fact that they get so much revenue out of sports is really. I think Turned upside down the value system. And how decisions are made. And so I do think that there needs to be better accountability. That there's a lot of work that needs to be done on. Our campuses is not unique to one state or another. This is pervasive American issue at our big institutions that have these competitive sports teams. And I think that there's a lot of work that needs to be done to reset the priorities. Have you had these conversations with your academic leaders in your trustees? I have I wasn't real popular in town but I I said you know when this first started hitting. I was one of the first voices. Say this leadership has got to go The the president who is now still facing charges. I called for the resignation long before anyone else because I know that it the buck Casazza the top and the fact that was that this man was empowered to just abuse and hurt and inflict lifelong wounds on little girls and young women who came for him because he was supposed to be the best one that was propped up by a university. You ran for governor. That's why you left the prosecutor's office After six months you weren't the odds on favourite to start and there was all kinds. You weren't well known particularly in the state outside of government circles when you announced I was interested. You start every speech by say. My name is Gretchen. Whitmer I'm a woman on the lawyer. I'm a lifelong michigander. How did being a woman plate Michigan had already had a woman governor Jennifer Granholm but there was in two thousand eighteen. Which is when you got elected. Just this real outpouring. After the election of two thousand and sixteen and women candidates all over the country emerged. We saw it in the house. We saw women governors get elected. What is it that people were reacting to responding to one of the funniest questions I got during the wild campaign was? Are you going to run a woman and you know I just remember thinking how do I do? They give you the options right. How do I respond to this? And of course you know. I've been doing this long enough to know you seek the question the question so the question behind it really was. Are you only going to be talking about women's health right being pro choice that kind of thing and I'd share that often just to get a laugh but also say listen women in Michigan Care about the same thing men in Michigan Care About? It's having a good job making sure that when you turn on the tap water it's clean and you can hang your child glass the dinner table. They want to know that you can drive on the roads without Boston your Boston the national or having to replace a windshield and so. I think that there was a lot of enthusiasm especially with the women's march in reaction to the trump Clinton election where we know that Hillary Clinton one but this this person was taking over the the reins who didn't have a good record in terms of of women supporting women in fairness we should note. She didn't win in Michigan. That's one of the reasons he's there. I don't disagree with that but when you look at the total count the point being you know there were a lot of women who stepped forward to run in in twenty eighteen. We one all the statewide elective offices in terms of the executive branch. I pick my running mate so we do have a manning Garland Gilchrist who is the Lieutenant Governor. First African American man in that position in the history of Michigan but also Attorney General Dana. Nessel first openly gay woman. And she's our EIJI and secretary of State Jocelyn Benson we won. We swept all the top offices. And I think it's because people were engaged and enthusiastic in a way that We weren't in two thousand sixteen and I'm hopeful that that we will respond again in twenty twenty you ran on the. The your tagline was fixed the dam road which I thought was fantastic just as a former practitioner and also someone who has a house in Western Michigan so I couldn't be more enthusiastic about that project but the legislature was less enthusiastic about that project. You PROPOSE TO FORTY FIVE CENT GAS TAX INCREASE. That did not go. I think you talked about a bonding plan. That did not go. This is the principle. Promise that you ran on. How frustrated are you about not being able to move forward? And how much are you worried about being held accountable if it doesn't move forward well I've got this overwhelmingly Republican legislature? And I knew the ads of me getting a forty five cent gas tax were were not very high but I also know people expected me the lead with what I said. I was GONNA do tired of people that tell them. You can have everything in pay for nothing because they know that it's not true we've got some of the worst roads in the nation. And so the what I put on. The table was a real solution now. What I would have liked to have seen is the legislature. Come back with an alternative. But instead of doing that they said. Let's sell some bridges or they've even said. Let's take money out of teacher. Pensions to pay for the roads. There's no way on earth I'm ever going to agree to that and so I- year to this year I led with a bond. We're going to move forward with that. They can't stop me and so I am going to fix the damn roads one way or another but the fact of the matter is I'd love to be devoting all my time on that issue because that was something that I know. People want us to get done and yet here. We are in the middle of this global pandemic. And how how much we're able to do on that front. We'll have to turn all our energy to that once. We are on the other side this pandemic ironically though the president and the speaker are talking about a an infrastructure a massive infrastructure program to help get the economy going again. Might that help you achieve your goal there? Yeah absolutely and I've already got the plan written for how we how we put those funds to practice. So if if that happens. I would be very pleased to be able to get to work on fixing the damn roads. Finally I want to ask you. You mentioned that you got to pick your running mate Vice President Biden now has to pick a running mate. What would you be thinking about if you were him? Well nothing that it would be surprised you. You're you know better than anybody. What should be looking for in a running mate I mean I think that he has to be comfortable. That he's got someone who who's judgment? He can trust who is going to be the extension of him who can add to the ticket in terms of whether it's a viewpoint or geography or an experience but I think he's got to have someone that he trusts and that the world can look at it as a legitimate support. I would love to see him have. I was pleased to see when he said he's going to have a woman at his running mate. I think there are a lot of phenomenal female leaders across this country. That would be a great on his ticket and you know the fact that anyone even mentions me among the names that I initially think of as an honor. But there's no question that he's got lots of potential partners out there that would be fantastic. You mentioned in passing your the fact that you mentioned you're more than mentioned you're considered high up on the list of possibilities because you're a governor because you're in a in in in a geographically important region strategically and so on. Do you feel like you're ready for that responsibility. I never thought that I would be the governor of Michigan. I never thought that I would want to run for any office. Frankly but here's what I've learned about myself when I see something that needs to get done. I roll up my sleeves and jump in and help whether I'm on that ticket or not. I'm going to help him and whomever his running mate is. Because I think that it's so important that that we make this monumental decision in November. This is not about me. This is about my daughters. This is about our future as an as a country. This is about our experience in this moment and knowing that we need leaders who can chart a course for a real opportunity for every American that will restore our standing in the world that will give us reason to feel optimistic and hopeful and proud And I think that that's that's really what's at stake in this next election right. But if you're a if asked you serve David Answer. Glad we had this time together. Hey before you go. I just have to say a word of thanks because I have a five year old granddaughter. And she was in western Michigan a few weeks ago and lost her first tooth. And was so gratified that the tooth fairy was exempted by you and was able to do her work and And so thank you for that and I wish you all the best. This is an enormous burden and governors have been on the front line. You've been on the front line. And I wish all the best to.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"And so on the way home from that debate I called him to tell him and I I know he didn't I he'd he didn't have the words because I think he was so stunned and saddened and But I didn't want him to hear it from the news. I wanted him to hear it from me as we speak In Texas and a couple of other states I think Ohio may be another The state has asked to suspend abortion services as part of this Kovic nineteen protocol. This is probably going to go to the Supreme Court. What what what is your reaction to that. You're a governor. You have to make these decisions as well. There are other procedures that have been suspended. We we stopped elective surgeries here in Michigan and some people have tried to say that that type of a Procedure is considered the same. And that's ridiculous You know a woman's healthcare her whole future her ability to decide if and when she starts a family is is not an election. It is a fundamental to her life. I it is life sustaining. And it's something that government should not be getting in in the middle of. Do you think this was a back door. Way Of continuous states. That have been strong antiabortion movements. Is this a back door way of promoting that or is it a legitimate public policy decision? I don't my gut is it's the former you know. I'm not I'm not in Texas. I don't know all the individuals involved but I do think that there is a very Concerted effort to use every opportunity.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"People are interested in you particularly now. Your name is surfacing on the national scene. We'll get to that. I'm sure you will expertly deflect questions about it but but what's interesting to me about your story. Is You come from a prominent family. Your father was the secretary of Commerce in Michigan under Bill Milliken. Who was the longest serving governor in Michigan History of a moderate Republican? Your mother also an attorney worked for Frank Kelly who was the longest serving attorney general and he was a democrat. But you were not as a kid that interested in politics you wanted to be on. Espn that's right. I wanted to be a sports broadcaster. I went to Michigan State University which is just down the street from the state capital and my dad. I was working at the football office. Because that was you know was what I thought I wanted to do. And my dad said you should go do an internship down to the CAP. Just just get a glimpse of it see so few people understand government wise important and what it's all about and just go check it out at all. Serve You well no matter what she ended up doing and can everything change from there. What was it about that experience that captivated you and took you away from sports. The World of sports is a big loss there. I don't know about that but I do think that you know it was an opportunity to learn everything that happens at our capitals whether it's in Washington. Dc or at our state capitals impacts our lives from the minute we wake up and turn on the tap brush our teeth to the roads. We drive onto the schools that we attend. I mean it's what happens in these capitol buildings impacts US profoundly and intimately and I don't know that the vast majority of people really get the opportunity to see that and I think if they saw it probably more people would wanNA run for office because I think You can see that it is important that we have real representation in these buildings because it profoundly impacts our lives everyday also because they might get pissed off at some of the things that they see. Yeah well they might realize they could do as good a job as some of the people that are there already. You folks divorced when you were ten and you and your siblings two sisters I sister and brother Yeah and you moved to grand rapids and live with your mom. How did that experience impact on you? I speak to you as a child of divorce. Oh I'm always interested in that. Well I'm the oldest and you know I. I don't know if I've always been the one that tries to organize everyone and takes care. Make sure everyone's okay but that that was a role that I took on You know between my my parents. They didn't communicate very well with one another. And so I often was the go-between and you know my dad worked in Detroit Michigan which is on the southeast side of the state he became. We should point out the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield and was there for. I don't know a couple of decades. Yeah but he and Glen rapids is three hours to the west of Detroit and he drove back and forth at least twice a week. And so I was really you know. We're very fortunate that he was able to and made a priority of of my sister and brother in me so even though it was a long distance and he did a lot of driving back in those days He was a very real Present part of our lives and those good thing. They didn't get along real well what they both. They both always put us kids. I you went straight through Michigan state in law school right. I took a year off between between college and Law School. I worked actually at the Michigan House of Representatives and it was an interesting time because the Michigan House of Representatives one hundred and ten people and that was the only time in Michigan History. That it was a tie so they switched every other month it was Republicans. Were cheering all the committees and setting the agenda and then the next month was the Democrats who were and it was A. It was a great time to learn about state government and to see how parties I think should work together They couldn't just run right over one another because the other guy beholding the gamble the next month and so it was a a really cool time to be working in state government Democrats lost. I went to LAS. That was a major That was a major I mean that that is probably the most when most challenging things about our politics in the time you know I. I did a podcast last week with Chris. Christie and I posted this morning and there was just a flood of reaction from Democrats and well. I wouldn't listen to him. I'm sure when I post this. There'll be a bunch of Republicans and so I'm not gonNA listen to her and it is a really caustic thing you know because as you point out in a representative democracy if there are parties and they can't cooperate that is really really tough and now in times of all is change if we're slow down and bogged down because parties because becomes unacceptable among the base of each party to try and work together. That's a really dangerous thing. Yeah but it is. I mean it's this form of government that we have as messy. It's can be you know frustrating. It can be downright ugly but it still is the best form that there is I do think that there's a natural tendency right now too quickly. Vilify one another and to never give anyone the benefit of the doubt which is the opposite of how I was how I was raised and I find that incredibly depressing. Frankly but I think that we. This moment isn't GonNa last forever and that it's really important that we keep people engaged that we don't vilify one another just because we don't agree on something and that we turn the page and seek out the next opportunity now in this in this current environment. I have to do that every single day. I've got a Republican controlled legislature. If I let every slight mean where we're going to talk again well then we dissect talking probably the first week I was sworn in but the fact of the matter is I worked for ten million people in the state I worked for Republicans and Democrats and independence and people have never voted either. I owe it to them to do everything I can to solve these. These issues that we're confronting as a state so we're all better off talking about seeking opportunity. You ran for office at a relatively early age. Twenty nine you had a very competitive primary it was a tumultuous time in Your Life You just you. You were recently married. You were pregnant with your first child and then you learn that your mother Sherry was ill. That illness turned out to be GIO. Plus Doma Brain Camp. Galil belt blast a multiform. It's like the worst kind of brain. Tumor can get the same kind that Ted Kennedy had and and Ball Biden. Yeah so you were going through that while you were running for office while you were preparing to To have your first child while you were newlywed and you sort of took over the role of caretaker as well. That must have been brutal. It was hard. It was really hard. You know I've I've been asked a lot about it recently. And so I've been really thinking about my mom a lot You know I think when you have got that much responsibility on your shoulders being able to take him. See the big picture. What takes small steps to get through it as a as a mechanism to tackle the day to day? Tough stuff that you gotta do. But you know I don't fight an insurance company. That wrongfully denied my mom's chemotherapy. I remember coming back to her house and her head was in her hands and she was sitting at the kitchen table. And you know she was just overwhelmed. Couldn't couldn't bear to do it and have a huge bill and so I did what I had to do you. One as I mentioned narrowly in the primary you never really had a narrow race for the legislature again and then you ran for the state Senate. You're the leader in the states. I think all the time you were there you were dealing with Republican majorities. It's true I was never in the majority until I won my gubernatorial race. And so you didn't get your name on many bills. You had a lot to do with shaping Medicaid expansion after obamacare. The thing that people nationally probably remember you for was a very personal moment that you shared with everyone. Because you were fighting a bill that would have would require women to get a second insurance policy if they wanted to have an abortion and you in the midst of trying to explain to your colleagues particularly your male colleagues what that means and how mean-spirited that was shared your own personal experience of rape when you were in college. You had never done that before you'd never shared it before. How hard was that? The Democratic leader at the time and my Republican colleagues wouldn't have a single hearing they were just GonNa cast this vote And so they never gave women the opportunity to win or doctors or anyone for that matter. And you know this. Bill would have meant that you'd have to pre plan for an unplanned moment right needing an abortive service of some sort whether it's the loss of a desperately wanted pregnancy or as the result of Being being you know physically attacked and raped these were very real instances that we're going to be impacted that they weren't even thinking about our hearing about and I was trying to get my colleague To tell the story he and his wife trying to have a baby and they lost a number of desperately wanted pregnancies and she required DNC. And this bill would have meant that their insurance couldn't pay for it and so I was trying to get him to share the story so that they could see what what what would they were impacting and and how callous it was done. It was too hard for them. It had just happened and it was too emotional and I sat there and I realized how can I ask him to bare his soul. When I have a story that might make a difference or at least put a face on some of the women that are impacting and I actually talked to my staff. I had a my director of communications. A man and my right hand in the office a woman and they were split once. I don't say anything you'RE NOT GONNA make a difference and the other side of your comfortable. Do what you need to do. And it was the last minute decision and I shared it and it didn't make it didn't make a damn difference. Too many of your male colleagues talked to you about it after the fact so it was a party line. Vote one of my male colleagues on my side actually voted with the other side on it and I went home about is depressed as I ever had been. Frankly but a ten minutes drive into the office next eight. We were inundated with calls and emails and people sharing their stories with me in thanking me for doing it and I thought it was worth doing. I will say you know. In the days following a even had a few male colleagues from the other side. I'll come up and share stories about someone in their family who had gone through what I had gone through and they thanked me for my braver and I just. That was a hard thing to to listen to because they voted against me and then shared. That voted against my side. That I'd been making sure that they agreed with me and that was that was hard to take. I don't know how old your two girls were than but did they hear that story after you told it to. They did they know about it. They were they were pretty little. They were probably seven and eight so too young to really understand it too young to really understand but apparently had a call your father and tell them the story because you'd never share it with him right. I mean I'd never talked to my dad about that..
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The Axe Files with David Axelrod
"It's been just fifteen months since Gretchen. Whitmer became governor of the State of Michigan. But now in part because of her leadership during the Ron Virus Siege. She has become a person of national consequence and a great deal of speculation as vice. President Biden ponders his running mate. Choices has sat down with Governor whitmer virtually earlier this week in front of Zoom audience from the Institute of Politics to talk about the crisis. And where we're going but also where she's come from her and a what she thinks about all. This vice presidential speculation governor Gretchen Whitmer. It's so good to be with you. You and your office or in your home. I'm in my office at the state capital. I'M GONNA do a press conference shortly and so the small team here to help me do this. Trying to observe everything. We're we're encouraging everyone else to do the fifteen months ago and you raise your hand and took that oath you could not have imagined being in the position that you're in right now. Tell me what it's like from your perspective to deal with this which has just exploded on us. You know I think it's Fan Incredibly challenging obviously I. I'm sure every governor across the country would say that We'd never would have anticipated being in this situation and confronting the kind of Enormity of the of the virus that we are with As few tools as our country has to combat it. Were you surprised by the lack of tools I was. I think that Early on one of our. All Governor's conference calls with the White House and It became clear that the message was. You need to start finding this. Ppa on your own. We're not going to be able to to meet your needs. That's I think when it really dawned on me. We've got to have a whole operation that is focus solely on procuring masks and that was an aspect that was surprising We didn't we didn't stay surprise for long. We just went into action. I think is one of the first people share some of our frustrations in that process because we're bidding against one another and now every governors acknowledge that but I. I think that it's really was a big surprise. And it was very disheartening. You're one of the first to acknowledge it and it one you a nickname from the president which usually have to move along in your career before you get to that point where the president teams you worthy of of a pejorative nickname. But he he laid one on you and then he told the vice president. I wouldn't talk to that woman in in Michigan. How did you react in a have there actually been any ramifications in terms of your ability to get what you need from the federal government because the president was sore at you was hey hey reacted? I didn't sleep. I didn't sleep for a couple of days because I was worried that this kind of Petty back and forth might preclude me from getting what I need for the people of the state and you know the last thing I want is for anything to send the way of our ability to give our nurses and doctors the kind of support that they need You know I wasn't engaging and I made the same observation. Governors across the country made but for whatever reason It was it was elevated and I just. I don't have time for any of that all I need. Is You know masks. Sound like a broken record and but this is at the end of the day we should be able to say the viruses the enemy. It's not the governor's it's not the federal government. It's not the individual employees in these huge spaces where we've got Satan employees federal employees. We're all got to be on the same team on this one. This is a virus that is ravaging our country and the under preparedness. I think is something that is really dangerous and Dr Couch. She said it. I've said a number of times it's GonNa cost lives the fact that we weren't prepared as we should have been and that's a frustration but so far you know we've had a really a decent working relationship with the feds. I talked to the vice president pretty frequently. And we're not getting what we need. We're getting a fraction of what we need. And I don't think that it's because we're Michigan. I think it's because the federal government doesn't have the kind of tools that you know that we all need. We'll it impair you. Is it impairing you? We should point out that Michigan. I think I saw the latest stats today at twenty. Four thousand six hundred fifty eight or thirty eight cases. Fourteen hundred and eighty seven deaths. Are you equipped to deal with this now? Do you have what you need reb right now. You say you're not getting what you need from the federal government have you been able to fill in adequately so that you feel like you can provide the treatment coverage the medical care. That people need so Michigan like Illinois and like Ohio and You know a number of other states. We were aggressive on the front and we signed a stay home order early on. I've just re upped it for another three weeks and it's hard to do. We're asking people to make sacrifices but with a virus for which there's no cure no vaccine for which we have two little p. p. e. and it's highly contagious and deadly the best tool we have is to slow the spread by not being around one another and it's it's really that simple. I've seen doctors opine that if we could just freeze for fourteen days this virus would sputter to an end so taking these aggressive actions has helped us avoid a really peak that we ran -ticipant him. It's started to mellow mellow a little bit now. I say a little bit because I'm very reticent to say it's time to just start back up the economy we know we can't just flip a switch and go back to pre Cova nineteen days when if you really smart and thoughtful about what that looks like when it's safe to do it but the fact of the matter is these aggressive strategies that a number of states have taken are going to be what saved our healthcare systems and save lives. You raise an interesting point. Dr Found she was talking about this yesterday. Re engaging the economy is a very tricky thing because since there is no vaccine and we know so little about this virus we could be right back in the Soup Korea South Korea's now going through those concerns right now even though they have been very aggressive on this you by way took some heat for extending your stay at home order and toughening it last week. But how do we come out of it and what? What do you as a governor? Because ultimately you're going to make the decision not the president. What do you as a governor need to see? And what tools do you need in order to begin sending people back to work so we had to be really smart. I've been talking a lot with my colleagues across the country and I'll frankly there are a lot of governors who are trying to familiarize ourselves with the best science and then share what we're learning with one another so that we are strategic. We are being smart. We avoid a second wave that would be devastating to our economy when people are mad that we have to stay home for another three weeks. The worst thing we could do is to have a second spike where we have to get right back into the same posture a month down or two months or in the fall and so as we look to. What does it look like to re-engage it's gotTa be a phases and it's got to be slow and it's got to be really SMART? Well informed by the best medical practices. We have to have robust testing and that is one of the fundamentals testing tracing and treatment. If we can test everyone who needs to get tested we will have a real handle on. Who's got covered? Nineteen if we know who has it. We can isolate them and start to re-engage sectors of our economies and the the treatment when we get to a vaccine. That's not going to be for a while and so- ramping up. This testing really having robust tracing is essential to US getting back into a place. Do you have the tests that you need and not just tests for covert nineteen but you probably alternate to do this serological testing blood testing to see who has developed an immunity because a lot of people are walking around with cove nineteen and they may not show symptoms right. That's right well. We do not have all the tests that we need one of the things that was announced today. Is that Beaumont Hospital system here in Michigan Is going to be doing the biggest serological testing in the nation either working with the FDA? And I'm excited about that. They've got forty three thousand people who work in and around the system that they will start testing and I think if we can ramp that up so we know who has the antibodies. And who can we think safely? Interact back the economy. I say we think though. Because you know the our chief medical executive would tell me. This is a novel virus. We are learning every single day. We don't know how long the antibodies would protect to. We don't know if it is going to mutate and become something different and maybe those antibodies as as helpful so but having. That test is one piece of of a broader testing scheme that we've got to be able to do the actual cove in nineteen testing to see if you are currently ill with it is really important. We've never had enough of it. We're doubling our testing in Michigan. This week still means that we're way under where we should be. We need swabs and the biggest producer swabs is in Italy. We need more in ninety five masks. Most of those are coming out of China. We're ramping up on those fronts here in the United States. But it's you know it takes time to get to a place where we're actually meeting. Our own needs here in this country and so I am hopeful that on the other side of this we as a nation have a serious conversation about manufacturing these fundamentals. Because we've gotTA WE'VE GOTTA do the manufacturing here to make sure that we never confronting something like this again have you personally. I mean this is. The stories are so tragic people healthy one day gone the next and we should point out not just people who are in fragile health but people who are in good health. We lost a one of the Navy sailors on the USS Roosevelt. Over the weekend who was in good health and fell victim to this. Have you in your own? Life encountered people who've gotten the viruses. Have you lost anyone that you know gas so I think that's a really important point that I try to make? I tried to remember to make it all the time. Because we just don't know how our bodies are going to react to Cova nineteen healthy people. It's fatal for in a matter of days. Others might just feel like they've got a little bit of a fever we just don't know and we can be carrying it right now in exposing people whose bodies could have that the worst reaction to it. We lost a state representative here in Michigan about a week and a half ago it was forty four years old. He you know someone that I knew and someone that I liked a great deal on worked with quite a bit and it's it was a blow and despite that the legislature decided to come in and have another meeting which defied all of the recommendations from the medical community to not congregate. But I think that. That's you know every one of us is GonNa get touched by Colvin. Nineteen one way or another. I know a lot of friends who've lost a lot of people And Detroit is an epicenter it. Is You know what we're saying is. There's a racial dynamic to Kobe. Nineteen as well and I raised that. I was on the phone today with my fellow governors across the country and The vice president and a number of people from the White House and I raised that for the second time. Because I do think that it's important..
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
"Livin on WCBS what you may hear some of the things that are going on out there we have this Michigan mayor Gretchen Whitmer who really is disaster and she's on the tape that today show today and I want you to see how flip she is about stealing your liberties in Michigan cut forgo the overwhelming majority of governors in this country as you know if you should stay at home orders but yours I have never been considered to be among the most stringent in this country folks who have the occasion holes in Michigan at the residence we're not being allowed to travel to those vacation homes are you're you're asking stores and sell things like you know painting garden supplies having those stores shut down not considering them essential what what's what what's the thinking behind are you a particular state whole water problem retired US Michigan has the third most common nineteen cases in the nation right now and we are not the third largest state in the nation that tells you we've got a unique crisis on our hands and that it demands a unique solution so we just had so I got snow on the ground here in Michigan right now in Lansing we're expecting up to thirty inches in the upper peninsula the fact that we're cracking down on people travelling between homes or plants or landscaping or golfing really for a couple more weeks isn't going to meaningfully impact people's ability to do it because the snow will do that in and of itself did you know it's snowing all over Michigan how stupid is this one that's number one number two listen to her fascistic reasoning we're not the largest state obviously she says in population but we have the third largest number of cases so you still handle this quote unquote scientifically not like a tyrant you go to the nursing homes assisted living locations you go where the people are who are most vulnerable the senior citizens others who have heart disease in these other maladies and you tell them you in particular we're targeting you for good reason we want to save your lives just give us a few weeks maybe give us a month but some sh level wants to go into the paint store to get pains we compare this has because he's got nothing else to do or go to a a a garden center so the complaints love because I have nothing else to do what's the point of that in these private companies these private but they know how to do this stuff they're not gonna let people they you know they're not going to have a rugby scrum in the middle of home depot it's not gonna happen they're not gonna have a kissing booth you know what Sherman Williams paint store I know I go around I drive around I look at what's going on half the time I don't even get out of the car I just see that people know how to cope in the store so her argument you know just generally plans to this argument it's not good enough to do what you're doing as far as I'm concerned so this is Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan there we have Chuck Schumer on MSNBC last night pushing out a lie that's been out there all day today and yesterday that Donald Trump held back checks to help people because he wanted his signature on the checks it's a lie it's a lie the treasury department said the timing of the release of the tracks has been works in the works for a week has nothing to do with Donald trump's signature I mean hell somebody signature has to be on the track or you can even deposit let alone passion so that's been a long time it's been going on all day long because that's what the media do I'm surprised they didn't say Donald Trump was waiting to get the latter bear the sign every check personally cut six go what ask you mean the president isn't a legal signatory to checks like this I think the washing post describes it they're actually gonna have to put his name on the memo line instead of on the signature line it seems like it's sort of a remarkable ego trip from the president particularly if it's gonna happen so here they are covering a crisis this it sounds like it's a crisis when people are talking this way what what a net wishy and of course her idiot guess to Schumer who's hiding out you know trump is a brave man when you see this there he is he's in front of the media every day's meetings every day he's following the social distancing and all the rest of their telling of the duo he's leaving the country where these other knuckleheads go ahead this is in terms of when people get their money yeah I agree are Rachel I wish not my second first what's not their money when people get money.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on The Breakdown with Shaun King
"For nearly a year. Now I have personally begged Gretchen. Whitmer over and over and over again to please set Michael Thompson free. He poses no public safety risks to society. He never has. He is an old man now. He's been a model citizen in prison. He's been a mentor to other incarcerated men for decades and while Michael has been in prison. I need you to understand this. Men who were convicted of rape and murder have come in. Serve their entire sentence and been released. Men who actually shot people during drug deals were then caught with the gun that they use for the crime have come into the prison. That Michael was in serve their time in left. Michael has seen prison. Guards comment serve their entire career and retire all while he's been in prison. It's an abomination. I've called Gretchen Whitmer. I've emailed Gretchen. Whitmer. I've sent her male. I've sent her letters and packages. I have pleaded with her. Friends have begged her staff. I spoke to the Lieutenant Governor and nothing and I am left at. This point to conclude Gretchen. Whitmer doesn't care. She wants Michael Thompson to suffer because as governor. She could release him today. He's served twenty six years in prison for a non violent drug crime. But let me tell you what I actually think is happening. I've Seen Democrats do what I think. Gretchen. Whitmer is doing right now. I've seen them do it for generations when I started fighting for Michael to be released Gretchen. Whitmer wasn't necessarily in the national spotlight. She hadn't yet been given the opportunity to give the democratic response to the state of the Union that she gave this past January. She wasn't rumored to be on the shortlist for VP. But now that she is. She's doing what all. Democrats think they have to do to look tough. She's sparing nobody by governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo is basically doing the same thing when her star began to rise. My heart began to sink. I told friends and colleagues that what I thought would happen is exactly what's happening. She'd freeze. She'd be so careful on every single decision that she'd stopped making decisions like this when altogether and here. We are over the past few weeks. Michael's attorneys and advocates have started to ask her to release him just to prevent him from catching the corona virus in prison. Where he would likely die if he contracted it still as we see governors and district attorneys and mayors released from jail and prison. All over the country still from Gretchen. Whitmer nothing crickets. And it's heartbreaking because we celebrate electing Democrats and we cheer. We put them there but here we are. We elected a Democrat in Michigan as governor. Here we are. She's in office secure as ever approval ratings as high as ever and she won't use her power to help woman in need it's frustrating. It's maddening because it's been spelled out. Does somebody could say well Sean. She's got a lot to do. We've been asking her for over a year and before I started asking. Her people had been pleading with her for years. People were pleading with the governor before her. What are we waiting on? Please release this man do what you were elected to represent the people you are elected to represent and release. Michael Thompson from prison. He has served twenty six years. Your state cannot afford to continue wasting its money. Having people like Michael in prison when he poses no safety risk in fact he's only a liability to the state and to public safety in prison. Why is he there? What's the purpose other than cruel and unusual punishment? Listen I'VE GOTTA run. We're going to develop some action steps for Michael in the days ahead but I need you to understand this story so we can continue fighting again to free Michael Thompson. Take care of your body bring number but bring them and bring the bring bringing in the spring break break break break Derek. Bring up break break break..
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on C-SPAN Radio
"Castro you know one of the things that we know in looking at are what's happening in Michigan called the nineteen is that since I did a press conference just three days ago we've lost about a hundred and sixteen people a day four thousand Michiganders and died in the last week more than five hundred people alone have died governor Gretchen Whitmer is on not just numbers on a screen these are husbands and wives and otters and sons and grandparents who've lost the battle with the disease that is incredibly aggressive and contagious and deadly my heart aches for everyone of all I think that it's important to be clear about well we can come up with all sorts of scenarios where we can make an argument that someone's safe and in whatever activity it is they want to do every single exception to say home stays safe order makes this more porous makes it less likely to work means more people are going to get sick four people are gonna die and more our economy is going to suffer for longer golf landscaping and I've heard these seem to be the ones that that we hear the most from the legislature some of the Republican legislators you know it's not critical infrastructure it's just not I they are not necessary to sustain life and to be candid justify engaging in it can expose people to rest serious risk every time you ask a low income person to come out and fill up their gas tanks go get food it's additional opportunity for exposure and first plan and that's what happens when you go to the golf course you know what happened to it you have to pay someone so someone had to show up to take your money handing money you have to go and I get your tea time and hand someone your clothes possibly afterward you get out of the card after you've touched it there are people who have to show up and go to work for your recreation and we're exposing all of them to call the nineteenth as well as the golfer and so for the sake of the health of our state it's really important that we remember we're all in this together fat doing creating all sorts of exceptions to what is going to last for three more weeks what does say a hoarder as every exceptionally make Mexico more porous and less likely to be successful we know that these tactics work the man who stands next to president trump every night on his briefings Dr Fauci is and this is the most important thing we can do we've seen it have some reason to be successful in other states we have to double down right now to save lives people at one eight get exceptions I understand what what what their thought is but I'm in the business of saving lives and that's precisely what this order is going to do let's abide by it let's get through the next three weeks and then we can actually toppling talk about possibly starting to re engage in an economic sense governor have you thought about making your stay home stay safe order regional since most since about eighty percent of the cases are in three urban counties and there's still about ten world counties where it's not even traceable yeah so I think it was you know kind of along the same lines of how answered Kathy's partially covert nineteen does not observe county line it doesn't observe hearty line it doesn't observe state line that's why we really need a comprehensive policy I've been are advocating for comprehensive policy nationally one eight states already been doing stay home orders if the subject is all to risk because people don't observe state line and neither does the disease but what we can do in Michigan is observed a state wide order so that we protect everyone covered nineteen is present all across the state I might not have been detected I might not have been tested for yeah we might not have that fatality in every part of the state but it is pleasant statewide and the more people move around the more likely it is going to show up I've talked to rural hospital CEOs who are very concerned about people traveling to a second home to go to you know travel they are not equipped to deal with a covert nineteen sprite and large magnitude by people that are are coming into the communities they're asking people to stay home let's get through this crisis pressing for three weeks I know what's up as a sacrifice everyone is struggling with being isolated but the fact of the matter is we're going to save lives by observing this order and by initiating these serious provisions we don't want people traveling to second homes we don't want people are engaging their their landscaper going the golf course for these reasons the more people that are moving the more likely spread and the harder it is for us to have the flattening that were that were trying to do for the health of our all of our economy and most importantly to save lives this is a repair C. span radio programming from Friday so you mentioned that this the suburban showplace is now with me a second facility within open up to treat patients with the global center being the first is there do you want us to open up all right and do you have your eye on the third facilities some cheesy Appleby opening by Friday I've been on the phone with FEMA administrator of the the secretary of the army as well as I have been on the phone with everyone in Washington DC I think but we know that we will be up and able to accept patients on Friday at TI CF in Detroit with regard to suburban collection I'm not quite sure Dr J. we expect in the next few weeks it will be available to start seeing patients as well governor Gretchen Whitmer and Dr Ginni Calhoun Michigan's chief medical executive in Lansing on Thursday field hospital in New York has has been almost empty is there any thought that we're not going to need those additional votes in the field hospitals so we continue to monitor we're talking everyday with our hospital leadership about the number of cases that they are saying we will continue to plan and build out our alternate care facilities as needed right now at the TCAS regional care center we're gonna start with twenty five patients will start ramping up as we need to and again as we see that the data and hospitalizations one for me to be a great problem to have not to have to use all those ballots and that's precisely why the stay home stay safe order so important to stand right now you know it's it's interesting the Javits center they refer to in New York change their model to look more like TCS where it is a covert base as opposed to taking everyone's cycle that our we had confidence in our model and I was I think people see the wisdom and so that's something to be proud of that we were very different than any other state head on and now everyone's replicating you know if if if we abide by the same home order and there's evidence that Michiganders are taken seriously and from the masses of the last press conference we can see a much flatter curve and maybe we won't have to use all those but we have to be prepared in the event that they're necessary and and so we'll we'll go where the facts the science and the need takes us so in some of the grass that we saw a lot of these wooden till end of June may July could you see going that far if we don't take the right precautions enough for Saturday there's no question the better social distancing you do and the longer it happens the better your your faith will be will continue to look at the data look at her hospital capacity is doing looking at our testing is going across the state and will it will be evaluated but you're right social distancing is important and we may need to look at expanding we can operation you know we've got to crises that we're confronting right now once a health crisis in with an economic crisis we don't get the health crisis under control the economic crisis will go on and on and on Singapore we have that was considered the gold standard for combat in covert nineteen but then they stopped and now they've got a second wave that would be the most devastating thing for our state if we think that on April thirtieth I'm good you know that we just flip a switch and life returns home once that's not going to be how it was we just all have to kind of come to terms with that and that's that's the harsh truth I've had to have a conversation with my own family about you know we're going to have to be very smart about how we re engage rent to have all sorts of protections in place in order to have a lot more testing and frankly I'm hopeful in the next three weeks of the stay home order that we get access to a lot more testing so we know precisely who's recovered who's at risk who's who is someone that we should isolate all of these things are really important but we also have to worry about our economy there's no question this is going to hit us hard at Yonge I've watched my colleague governor formal with whom I've been taxing on last couple of days say you know nine eleven was hired on New York it's nothing like what covert nineteen is going to mean for new York's function and if that's the same for every state in the nation we're all in this together we're all suffering because of it what we can do is be really smart about how we re engage so that when we do re engage we are on the real track to recovery and we don't have to go out come back to this posture again this fall that would be the worst case scenario and that's why we've got to be really smart on both fronts tackling the economic crisis and and tackling the healthcare crisis.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on WJR 760
"Again, a prayer from shake off mid Hammoud healthy Islamic center of America in Dearborn. United on stage. Fast. Senators Gary Peters. He will now be retiring the colors as that happens. Zoe thoughts about the speech governor Gretchen Whitmer, I. I think what she did was ceremony. Presidential historian. Michigan historian. These are a handshake Kubota. Right. Governor that she wants to folks in the crowd, you folks crime actually, which is the normal for this kind of things, but these are political speech, right? This is about having Michiganders' come together. I did think it was interesting though, she she had a nod to divided government and said that we can't be paralyzed bipartisanship. Which of course, she is a democratic governor, but she's going to have a Republican majority in both the state house and state Senate. So not only a handshake with the voters, but perhaps a handshake with the legislature as well who she's going to have to work with. I think so and I think she absolutely knows this her administration knows that if they're going to get anything done. That's what has to happen in it. So interesting to think about that. We are watching this sort of bipartisanship were democracy in action while of course, the federal government shutdown. Thanks, so. What can we learn from past administrations with this type of separation between Democrats and Republicans the fastest vents that Gretchen Whitmer governor has an amazing amount of experience. And that is what we're gonna look forward to. And we're going to have to leave.
"gretchen whitmer" Discussed on WJR 760
"Here's Frank Beckmann. And just for the record. I do not have a gallon Kalamazoo. But it's a great choice of music by our engineer rich Lazinski working back at our studio with because Chris Renwick has the day off. Danielle Mason is filling in and do a great job. So thank you Danielle. And of course, right template is on the road with us handling everything. He puts up with all of the headaches. We create Bill Schutte is on the line. The attorney general gubernatorial candidate. All right. Rachel denhellender. Who was the original whistle blower in the Larry Nassar case has gotten involved in a way the governor's race. Although she says, I don't want any part of the politicizing this. I'm not backing a candidate or anything like that. But she has is pointed directly at the Ingham county prosecutor's office in two thousand sixteen for failing to move ahead with charges against Larry Nassar. Even though they had evidence to bring charges at the time. And the prosecutor at that time on an interim basis was your opponent Bill Schutte Gretchen Whitmer, she was in office. She's. Enter Stafford denying that they ignored the evidence claiming that, hey, we're the ones who brought the evidence forward that got him is his first sixty year prison sentence. I wanna get your side of this. Listen. Thanks, frank. That question. And and here's here's the issue. The the fact is that Rachel, Dan Allender. I respect her immensely and her statement, which is very clear that. Gretchen Whitmer did not Gretchen Whitmer Jim net. Referred the charges to the department and attorney general and Gretchen Whitmer is said she did not true. And it's the farthest thing from the truth. Charges. The evidence was given given to me by the head of the Michigan State University cheaper police a fellow named John Dunlap, and he came to me and. I wanted to have an advocate, and I told him I would be an advocate, and we took the case. And when Gretchen Whitmer says that she referred to me. That's just not true. That is the farthest thing from the truth and Rachel, Dan highlanders comments, they speak for themselves. I respect Rachel and in the survivors since about the survivors of it's about the record of who prosecuted. I and our team department attorney general put Larry Nassar behind bars for the rest of his life. Did did as the prosecutor at the time did Gretchen Whitmer provide you information that led to his child porn charges. The first charge of when she was convicted. In she provided nothing, and the fact is is that she she said, she did not file charges. I did. And and the fact that she say she. Referred the case to me is just not true. And this means there's integrity gap. There's a veracity gap. There's an honesty gap here which. Fail at disqualifies her from being the fact is you expect to have honesty in direct action when she says, she referred the case, you may. It's just not true. It didn't have we've had stories lately that George Perlas says athletic director received tapes of sexual activity between Larry Nassar and a young girl that he impregnated at the time. Did has has that been a focus of your investigation as attorney general or will it be? I can't I can't get into that. Bill Forsyth is independent. Special prosecutor concerning Nassar, and he's filed charges. Against strap and then Kathy play just as well. And I'm lacking beyond that just not gonna get into effect. Can't talk to make those kind of if you try to wait for his decision. And and if there are charges would be brought they'd be by by Mr. foresight. Correct. Yeah. Gotcha. Well, this tough situation because you don't want to politicize what happened at MSU. And yet there are questions still to be answered right? You know, we had. Friends of my wife, Cynthia. The white family Mark and Li like. A better wife from Midland my hometown our hometown, our children had gone to preschool with their children, you know, twenties now and all that. So we know them, but they came to us because their daughter was was violated by Nassar, and all the survivors. You know, about the survivors, the survivors were the heroes here. They came forward. One came forward. Another one would come forward and get there. Share their story in open court, most profound experience I've ever had that our team of Laura. Politis we made sure that Nassar's behind bars and took the case we had the capacity of the will the desire, and we did the job in the contrary. All right, listen. I wanna ask you one final question that is about to your announcement that you want to look into the possibility of sexual abuse by priests here in Michigan. How far are you going to go with that does does that require a grand jury or or what do you do? They know we've we've received a foia request Frank about what if anything were redoing we acknowledge that there is an investigation and again, the number of states across America. Are doing this. And there have been stories and situations in Michigan that prompted me and our team to make this decision and beyond that, I'm just not gonna go go into it. Because it's an investigation in China going. All Alrighty, I appreciate it as much as you did tell us and drive carefully. And we'll talk soon again. All right. Sure. Thank you have a great day Frank same here. Bill shitty. Attorney general finding great candidates to hire can be like well trying to find a needle in a haystack. Sure, you can post your job to some job board. But then all you can do is hope the.