Democrats add Whitmer, Shapiro to a growing roster of ‘Plan B’ candidates for 2024
Rep. Andy Levin, R-Mich., speaks during a news conference to discuss the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The Senate voted on Monday to confirm David Stras, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Republican-aligned groups are preparing to launch a third ‘Plan B’ candidate soon with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
Republicans are laying the groundwork to put forward a female presidential candidate this year, but so far, they are stuck on a single woman running on what they see as a ‘Plan B’ for the White House.
Republican legislative candidates have also made a name for themselves in recent years with women, such as Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. But there is another woman running on a ‘Plan B’ — Gretchen Whitmer, the first woman elected from Michigan, where she is the state’s attorney general.
She is not the only woman poised to run on a ‘Plan B.’ On Tuesday, the top Senate Democrat and two of her Republican colleagues said they will support her nomination, citing her work on issues in the past and hoping to work with her when she runs for president.
Democrats are preparing to bring their ‘Plan B’ presidential candidate into the race soon, but for now, they can’t quite figure out what they want to do: keep their options open or make a plan a reality.
‘We are developing a very, very broad range of options to respond to whatever questions the voters may have about the current administration,’ said Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez.
‘We’re not saying we are necessarily going to do this,’ he added. ‘We can and will do this. We just have to figure out the order of business.’
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said he’s looking to do everything he can to support Whitmer’s ‘Plan B.’
‘The governor is one of the most capable people in the country. We need a woman out there who will defend us the way we need to be defended,’ he said.