Whitmer asking candidates to follow Michigan, federal guidelines on gatherings when campaigning

Posted at 3:42 PM, Sep 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-16 17:31:03-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer said she is "concerned" after President Donald Trump held a rally in Saginaw County that drew large attendance.

She said the state's primary concern is community spread.

"We've made an incredible sacrifice to get to this point," she said. "We've been able to re-engage and are stronger than most other states in the country. It's all incredibly precarious."

Whitmer said she respects the fact that there are different campaigns that want to be in Michigan.

"I know how important it is to engage with voters," she said.

She said every candidate should follow Michigan guidelines and federal guidelines when campaigning.

However, she said enforcing the guidelines on candidates "doesn't make a lot of sense," citing practicalities and first amendment rights.

Instead, she said she is asking people to do the right thing and attend an event wearing a mask, or staying home to watch the event on television.

"I'm asking everyone with a platform to do the right thing to protect the people of our state," she said.

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