Whitmer to speak to Democratic convention Monday, Biden picks Harris as running mate

After a weekend of speculation that she might be presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wasn't the choice after all.

On Tuesday afternoon, Biden, who will accept his party's nomination next week, announced in post on Twitter that U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California will be his vice presidential nominee.

There was a signal that it might not be Whitmer earlier on Tuesday when, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-host Mika Brzezinski revealed the lineup of speakers for next week's four-night Democratic National Convention and there, on Monday night, was Whitmer's name.

A blank space, meanwhile, was reserved for the as-yet "unnamed vice presidential nominee" on Wednesday, the third night of the convention, when the running mate usually speaks ahead of the presidential nominee's speech the following night.

That said, there was nothing to preclude Whitmer — or any of the other speakers on Monday or any other night — from being still the vice presidential choice, depending on when and how the nominee's identity is revealed.

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As it turned out, Harris, a former California state attorney general who was a Democratic presidential candidate herself before dropping out in December, 2019, was scheduled to speak Thursday, just ahead of Biden's speech accepting the nomination. She becomes the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be nominated to a national office by a major political party.

Whitmer expressed her support for Harris in a post on her personal Twitter feed, saying, "I am extraordinarily proud to support @KamalaHarris and @JoeBiden! They will be a fierce team to Build America Back Better. #WeHaveHerBack."

Renewed speculation about the possibility of Whitmer being the vice presidential nominee came after the Associated Press reported last week she had flown to Delaware the previous weekend to meet with Biden.

Biden, however, has been encouraged to select a Black woman as his running mate. He said some months ago he intended to select a woman as his vice-presidential nominee, and by selecting an African-American woman Biden would signal his commitment to the Black community at a time of protests against police brutality.

While it was not known exactly what time Whitmer was to speak Monday, she is part of a lineup that includes U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, and former first lady Michelle Obama. It also includes former Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican.

Other speakers on Tuesday include Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, former President Bill Clinton and Biden's wife, Jill. On Wednesday, the lineup includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama, as well as U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

On Thursday, the lineup includes Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; U.S. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois; and California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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