Detroit Today: Should Gretchen Whitmer run for president?

Atlantic writer Mark Leibovich, who wrote the publication’s Whitmer piece, joined “Detroit Today” to discuss a possible presidential run for the Michigan governor.

Gretchen Whitmer addresses supporters at an election night event.

FILE - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer celebrates her re-election at the Michigan Democratic election night watch party at MotorCity Casino in Detroit, Mich. on Nov. 8, 2022.

Would a presidential run be in Gretchen Whitmer’s near future? Two recent profiles released in the Atlantic and Vanity Fair seem to think so.

Gov. Whitmer, who won her reelection bid against challenger Tudor Dixon last fall, insists she has no plans to run for president.

Despite this, many across the country are fascinated by Whitmer’s resilience and ability to get things done in a political swing state, believing her to be a breath of fresh air in the Democratic party.

Currently, incumbent President Biden is one of the only Democrats to announce their candidacy for the 2024 presidential race. Biden appointed Whitmer as co-chair for his reelection campaign. 

Why do people believe Whitmer may eventually run for president despite her public denials? Atlantic writer Mark Leibovich, who wrote the publication’s Whitmer piece, joined Detroit Today to discuss this topic.

Listen: What Gov. Gretchen Whitmer could bring to the table in a hypothetical 2024 presidential run


Mark Leibovich is a staff writer for the Atlantic known for his political profiles, including his recent piece on Whitmer.

Leibovich notes this type of speculation is common for many state politicians who are garnering attention and possibly considering a presidential run.

“This is not an unfamiliar dance with politicians who are kind of gaining national traction,” says Leibovich.

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