Three Michigan congresswomen endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden last week in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Reps. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI-08), Haley Stevens (D-MI-11), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI-14) released a joint statement Thursday announcing their endorsements of Biden.
“Today, I filled out my absentee ballot for Joe Biden. I did so for a host of reasons, but most importantly because I hear from my constituents every day that they want an end to the all-or-nothing politics that have so polarized our country,” Slotkin said in the statement.
“In Michigan, we have a rich tradition of hard work, decency, and passionate pragmatism. That is what is expected of us in our lives, and that is what I believe we need from our elected leaders. That is why I support Joe Biden,” she continued.
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Both Slotkin (pictured right) and Stevens (pictured left) represent congressional districts carried by President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. The two first-term congresswomen voted in favor of impeachment.
“When the auto industry was on its back, Joe Biden was determined to get workers raring to go again. He knew Michigan would be devastated if GM and Chrysler went bankrupt. But Joe Biden never quit, and now our auto industry is back on its feet. As a member of Congress who flipped a Republican seat in 2018, I know the workers and families in my community. They’re fighters,” said Stevens.
“They’re looking for a leader who knows what their challenges are, and who rises above politics to deliver. That’s Joe Biden and it’s why we need him in the White House,” she added.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also endorsed Biden last week despite her earlier claims that she would remain neutral throughout the primaries.
Lawrence (pictured middle) said she is endorsing Biden because he can “restore America’s faith in our democracy.”
“We must have a president who values telling the truth and who won’t dole out empty promises or stoke fear and anger,” she said. “The people of this great country deserve a president who will not only listen but respect women’s voices and rights. Like so many Michiganders, Joe Biden and his family have known real loss and economic insecurity – and like us he’s persevered, never forgetting where he comes from.”
A recent poll predicted that Biden will win Michigan’s Tuesday Democratic primary over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who won the state in the 2016 primaries. Biden won 10 states on Super Tuesday compared to Sanders’ four. He now leads the delegate count 624-556.
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