Former Michigan Governor Granholm dances, hops, and delivers speech at DNC

(WXYZ) - VIDEO INSIDE: She danced. She fist-pumped. She hopped. Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm did all of this while delivering a speech at the Democratic National Convention.

If her goal was to excite and unite the crowd she succeeded. When she was done the crowd was standing, yelling, chanting and applauding.

"I am Jennifer Granholm," she said as she started her speech, "from the great state of Michigan, where the trees are just the right height."

She was taking aim at Mitt Romney, who in several speeches has mentioned that he loves the height of trees in his native state.

She then described the pain she witnessed as auto workers lost their jobs and the industry appeared on the verge of collapse just before, and as, President Obama took office.

"Almost nobody had the guts to help us – not the banks, not the private investors and not Bain capital. Then, in 2009, the cavalry arrived: our new president, Barack Obama!"

As she listed the number of jobs saved by the president's plan to help the auto industry, the crowd got to its feet.

"America, let's rev our engines! In your car and on your ballot, the "D" is for drive forward, and the "R" is for reverse.," said Granholm in closing. "And in this election, we're driving forward, not back. Let's re-elect our great president, Barack Obama!"


Michigan's Republican Party leaders had a lot to say in response to the former governor's speech. The party responded minutes after she left the state with a press release criticizing her jobs record in Michigan.

"If you liked Jennifer Granholm's second term, you'll love Barack Obama's second term -- you'll be blown away by less jobs, fewer paychecks, bigger government and ObamaCare to boot," said Attorney General Bill Schuette. " Mitt Romney will turn our economy around with more jobs, more paychecks, more freedom, and he will repeal Obamacare on day one."

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