Biden: There is not a better governor in the United States of America than Gretchen Whitmer

The presidential candidate spoke in Detroit and Southfield
Joe Biden
Photo credit In this June 11, 2020, photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a roundtable on economic reopening with community members in Philadelphia. Photo credit (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(WWJ) With the election less than four weeks away, democratic candidate Joe Biden stopped by Southfield and Detroit

In Southfield, he spoke about protecting and expanding access to affordable healthcare. However, the former vice president also took the time to address the coronavirus pandemic and President Trump’s latest analysis of where the country stands.

“He said we have turned the corner. If my Grandpa Finnegan were here, he might say he (Mr. Trump) has gone around the bend,” Biden said. “Turned the corner... It’s not disappearing. In fact, it’s on the rise again. It’s getting worse as predicted.”

Biden lauded Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her handling of the pandemic.

“There is not a better governor in the United States of America than Gretchen Whitmer. That’s a fact," he said.

Whitmer’s measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus resulted in a State Supreme Court ruling that she exceeded her emergency powers. More than a dozen men have been charged in a domestic terrorism plot to kidnap her and overtake the Michigan government.

Biden addressed the kidnapping plot, foiled by federal authorities.

“Like all of you, Jill and I are so grateful that the Governor and her family are safe,” Biden said. “It’s an unusual year. Governor, you have been through a lot. But...you are a leader. You stand up straight and proud and you don’t bend.”

On a separate note; Biden also doubled down on his stated commitment not to raise taxes on families making less than $400,000 per year.

Speaking in Detroit, he encouraged Michiganders to vote early in person at their local clerk’s office or satellite voting center.

Mr. Trump and Biden held dueling televised town halls on Thursday night. Nielsen ratings said Mr. Trump’s hour-long town hall, hosted by Savannah Guthrie, averaged 10.6 million viewers on NBC. Biden’s 90-minute town hall, hosted by George Stephanopoulos, averaged 13.9 million viewers on ABC. Across MSNBC and CNBC; Trump averaged an additional 1.74 million viewers. Across all three networks, Trump garnered about a million viewers less than Biden.

President Trump is scheduled to come to Michigan Saturday to campaign at Flyby Air in Muskegon, at 5 p.m. Doors open at 2 p.m.

Election Day is November 3rd. For information on voting and how to register in Michigan, click here.