Gretchen Whitmer Is Worried About RFK, Jr.

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As Biden continues to meander abroad, back home, his party continues to be worried about Robert Kennedy, Jr.’s independent campaign after their efforts to shut down third-party candidates failed in the swing state of Michigan.  

On Sunday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, a favorite of Joe Biden, raised the alarm during an interview with CNN.

The Hill reported that the Michigan Democrat said she feels some concerns about Kennedy’s campaign hurting Biden in the Great Lakes State, a battleground where the president desperately needs to win.  

Whitmer was pressed on CNN’s “State of the Union” about recent polls that showed Kennedy had 9 percent support in her state of Michigan. She emphasized Sunday that the election was going to be a “close” race, but that President Biden has a list of accomplishments that he can tout to voters in the state.

She said Biden “is the first president in a long time that has been able to deliver on infrastructure and has a real manufacturing vision that is being that is playing out every day in good paying jobs.”

“Certainly Kennedy, or any third party candidate gives me some concern and is to be taken seriously and that’s why we’re showing up and we’re working hard in all 83 counties to earn the votes of the people and a lot of good traditional Republicans who don’t feel at home with the convicted felon at the top of the ballot who know that Kennedy has got lots of far out kind of wild ideas about science and and the future and doesn’t even have the support of his own family,” Whitmer said.

“All that being said, we can’t make any assumptions. We got to earn every single vote and that’s what we’re doing,” she added.

Kennedy has been pulling votes in from all sides of the political spectrum, including first-time voters.

A recent poll in Michigan showed a tight race. Mitchell research reported that “former President Donald Trump (48.2%) has a narrow point six percent lead over President Joe Biden (47.6%) in a trial ballot question for President in 2024 according to the most recent Mitchell-Michigan News Source Poll of Michigan conducted on June 3, 2024, after former President Trump was found guilty of 34 criminal charges in New York. Four point two percent are undecided.

In a five-way trial ballot test Trump (46.3%) and Biden (45.1%) are separated by just one point two percent followed by Natural Law Party candidate Robert F. Kennedy (3.3%), Green Party candidate Jill Stein (0.5%) and independent Cornel West (1.1%).”

Trumps lead has narrowed from two percent to point six percent since our last survey conducted May 20-21, 2024, before Trump’s conviction. In the May 2024 survey Trump had solidified his base better than Biden but post-conviction, Biden is doing slightly better with Democrats (95%) than Trump has with Republicans (93%). Trump has dropped from 9% to 4% with Democrats while Biden has gone from 4% of Republicans to 5%. Trump now leads with Independents 47% – 40%” Steve Mitchell president of Mitchell Research & Communications, Inc. said.

Trump shocked the political world in 2016 when he defeated Hillary Clinton by fewer than 12,000 votes. In 2020, Biden reclaimed the state for the Democrats.

Michigan is considered vital for Biden’s reelection, but has faced headwinds for the way he’s treated the auto companies, pushing them to sell electric vehicles that are unpopular, expensive, and will cost thousands of union jobs.

CEOs from the major American manufacturers have begged the White House to stop, but have so far been ignored.

According to data from Cox Automotive, reported AMAC, “the average cost of a new car in the United States as of May 2024 was $47,433 – well out of the price range of most Americans and up more than $10,000 from just four years ago. One big reason for the jump and the sudden extinction of affordable cars is President Joe Biden’s climate policies and electric vehicle (EV) mandate.

The Biden administration has made it clear that, if it has its way, the future of personal transportation in America will be “electric or bust.” In March of this year, Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized regulations that will require two-thirds of all new car sales to be EVs or hybrids by 2032 – just eight years away. In 2023, just eight percent of new car sales were electric, even with generous government subsidies.”

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