Michigan Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist endorses Joe Biden

Posted at 11:43 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 16:43:11-05

(WXYZ) — Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has endorsed Joe Biden for president.

Gilchrist said Biden has "shown up for Michigan time after time."

Gilchrist's endorsement comes after Governor Gretchen Whitmer also endorsed Biden. Additionally, Biden has received endorsements from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and the Michigan Democratic Party Black Caucus.

Read Gilchrist's full statement below:

Leadership is about showing up, listening, and responding to make things happen, and Vice President Joe Biden has shown up for Michigan time after time. He has been there for Detroit, and the entire state of Michigan, as a friend and a leader. That is why I am endorsing Vice President Joe Biden to be our nominee for president.

“This is not a decision that I take or make lightly because the stakes are so high for our communities. Joe Biden is listening to a broad range of progressive, moderate, and other voices across the political spectrum. He will defeat Donald Trump’s dangerous, backwards-moving agenda by assembling a diverse, dynamic, and driven coalition that creates the conditions for people to thrive across Michigan and across the nation.

“He helped expand healthcare in Michigan, and will go further as president. Joe has helped expand access to the internet and public transit across our state, and he will go further as president. Joe Biden led President Obama’s efforts to protect and expand economic opportunity for working people by negotiating the deal that saved the auto industry, including tens of thousands of jobs in our state, and he will go further as president.

“The challenges that we are now confronting open the door to generational opportunities. This is our moment to replace Trump’s destruction and division with a unified, expansive vision of the future that we can build when we come together. I trust Joe Biden to lead with us into that future as our nominee and the next president.