Biden chooses Whitmer to help plan dedication ceremony with campaign advisers
President-elect Joe Biden gives Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer a role during her inauguration on Jan.20, 2021.
Whitmer was named co-chair for Biden’s inauguration along with five other elected Democrats who served as advisers to his campaign. The Michigan governor was also considering being Biden’s running mate, and she promoted his run for president as Democrats sought to topple the state from the battlefield.
Whitmer said she was honored with part of the inauguration, which is expected to be carried out with unique arrangements due to the coronavirus pandemic. Biden said there could be limitations on participation and physical interaction similar to the Democratic National Convention.
The president-elect said his goal was to “protect Americans while allowing people to celebrate” at a press conference on Dec. 4.
The co-chairs announced on Monday will help Biden’s team plan and organize the groundbreaking activities, according to a press release. Whitmer also spoke about the balance between celebration and safety in a statement.
“This inauguration will illustrate the strength and resilience our country has demonstrated throughout this year and set the stage for how the Biden-Harris administration will beat the pandemic, create jobs that fuel economic recovery and unite all Americans, ”Whitmer said. “As we focus on the safety of people this year, we will ensure that Americans have the opportunity to celebrate this crucial time for our country.”
Last week, Biden said the ceremony would likely not feature a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, but virtual events would likely be scheduled. Biden said he and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris were consulting with various officials to plan the event.
“People want to be able to say, we’ve passed the baton. We move forward. Democracy worked, ”Biden said.
A majority of Michigan voters voted for Biden on November 3, and the state’s 16 voters are expected to officially vote for him on December 14. Biden got 154,188 more votes than President Donald Trump, according to certified results.
Trump won Michigan in 2016 by 10,704 votes. The president got more votes four years later, but not enough to beat Biden, who improved the Democratic turnout and toppled three historically Republican voting counties.
The president has since contested the election result. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, called on Michigan lawmakers to block voters from voting for Biden during his testimony before a legislative committee last week.
Other co-chairs announced for the inauguration include US Representatives James Clyburn, DS.C; Cedric Richmond, D-La .; Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., And Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Each served as Biden’s advisor during the campaign.
“Kamala and I are honored and grateful to these leaders for joining our inaugural committee as co-chairs and helping to organize a safe inauguration for all Americans,” Biden said in a statement. “These leaders reflect America’s strength, spirit and diversity and have always been firmly committed to restoring the soul of the nation, rebuilding the middle class, and unifying the country.”