April 24th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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Granholm: Dems need to sell banking and health care reform

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told CNN’s Candy Crowley that Democrats will need to sell financial and health care reform to find success in November’s elections.
Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm told CNN’s Candy Crowley that Democrats will need to sell financial and health care reform to find success in November’s elections.

Washington (CNN) – Democrats will find electoral success in November if their candidates promote the party's efforts to reform Wall Street and effectively sell health care reform to the voters, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said in interview to air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley.

Democrats control the House and Senate by fairly wide margins, but Republicans are expected to make gains in the midterm elections. Granholm, a two-term governor who will leave office in January, acknowledged that the health care law was "controversial" but said that is why her fellow Democrats need to fully explain to individuals how it will help them.

"I think that people don't understand the benefits of it fully yet," she told Crowley in a wide-ranging interview. "And so there has to be an effort to try to educate citizens about that … between now and October and November."

Wall Street reform, Granholm predicted, won't be as tough a sell.

"It's a very good thing," she said. "And the Democrats should stand up and trumpet it – supplying help to Main Street and not to Wall Street and making sure that it doesn't happen again. I think the stories from the Recovery Act, we have them every day in Michigan. There is a story about a company that's coming or somebody who's diversifying because of what the Recovery Act provided. Those stories need to be amplified.

"If that, if that happens, then I think Democrats can win," she added.

Granholm also addressed speculation about being considered for a forthcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, offered her assessment of the Tea Party movement and weighed in on the state of the U.S. auto industry.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. ib

    Dream on gov. both of these programs will be a disaster for this country and deep down you know it.

    April 23, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Gerry NH

    Another nut loose in a government office. Please tell me how bribing and extorting people for a program that the majority of the people did not and do not want is good.

    April 23, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Democrats need to fully explain to individuals how it will help them.
    ____________________________________________________
    Another thing that would help is to explain why we should be happy about the increased cost of health insurance under ObamaCare. This in the middle of a recession with 10% unemployment and having a net result of increasing unemployment and all for the bargain price of $3,500 for every man, woman and child in America?

    How is this going to want to make someone vote for Democrats who passed this all by themselves using complex political maneuvering methods including billions of dollars in buy-offs for their special interests and to do an end-around because of such strong opposition?

    April 23, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  4. key

    In the US we are so evenly divided on almost every issue there is no greater need for civility in America than right know.

    April 23, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Mike

    How can they explain something they don't understand?

    April 23, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. stephen pagnozzi

    I think the Dems can cut their losses this November. They just have to grow you know what! By the time Nov. comes, hopefully cooler heads will prevail(we hope!) and enough people with common sense will outnumber those idiots who flaunt guns, small govt., (another laugh)take away the roads and schools( how do they think they are paid for?)and military. Yes, each individual fend for themselves! See how long they'll survive! But getting back to the article above, again, I pray to God there are enough people in this country with some common sense and will vote with wisdom on their side!

    April 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  7. Jim,Virginia

    How many times are we going to be told that once we understand the bill we will love it?Do that think the American people are really that stupid?

    April 23, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  8. drjm

    Shouldn't they do that before they sign it into law?

    April 23, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    She is 100% right. People need to see the good this administration is doing. They need to conduct themselves in a grown up manner this will contrast with the wingnuts and tea baggers. People are getting tired of all the crazys and acting like a congressman will go a long way. EVery time we see an increase in housing ,jobs ect. they need to toot their own horns Show people a savings with the new reforms.

    April 23, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    what more do they need to say.

    April 23, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Call the media to sell your garbage. They sold Obama as hope, change and transparent and people believed that.
    They can sell anything!

    April 23, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. jenn,philadelphia

    Why do they have to "sell" anything? If it's a good idea, it should sell itself. I'm tired of the Democrats treating us like they have to explain everything because we're too stupid to understand if we read it ourselves. Just post the bills on line prior to voting like you promised and we'll take it from there. I assure you, not all your constituents need you to do everything for them, some of us are self-sufficient.

    April 23, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  13. phoenix86

    America didn't buy the democratic fatally flawed heathcare plan, and dems passed it anyways. Why do they even bother "selling" anything to Americans anymore? Democrats do not care what Americans think or want.

    April 23, 2010 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Poetic Justice

    I would like to point out that "storytelling" is more effective if it reflects a majority than the minority. In other words, out group support is only more effective when is reinforced by someone who has knowledge or experienced, not the other way around. And when we are talking about entities, for example, the process is a lil more complicated than expected.

    If I were the Dems, media, social media, etc, I would take and be honored and priviledged to hear such stories. I think people in general should appreciate the experiences that people go through and take the time and effort to comment, blog, or post about them. But it can in fact backlash, which is the most difficult part.

    In other words, Dems really need to be idealistic about certain attributes and instances when talking about such sensitive issues like Health Care reform or Financial Reform. It ain't about educating someone, our country is not a school of thought and we should turn on the news and see what lesson is today. It just doesn't make sense at all.

    They really need to be smart and ideologically smart about how it transpires ones own self-enhance and self-responsibility thoughts and actions. It ain't about talking, is really about implementing. They really need to ome up with ideas, especially since they wanna bring up all the fuss and history blabbing about their self-enhance goals. Anyone can create Dopamine, is good to feel good, I ain't condoning that.

    Sometimes the hardest decisions is often the most hardest to accept.

    April 23, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  15. Denna

    It is so sad that President Obama has to 'sell' America on the things he promised to do, and was elected to do. What's to sell? Is America so prejudice that they won't let a black man keep the financial industry from cheating the American public. Some of you scoff and say that people got loans they could not afford. Nonsense. If you lose your job, it does not matter what kind of loan you got, you will not be able to afford it. Stop acting so superior people and understand that we are ALL in this together and ANY of us could lose our jobs and homes. Mitch McConnell and the rest of the snake oil salesmen who call themselves Republicans don't care about your sorry butts. Once they bamboozle you into voting them back into power, things will go back to where they were – we will all be struggling instead of climbing out of the Bush Recession.

    April 23, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  16. ConstitutionalPatriot

    America wake up! The not so "federal" reserve is responsible for causing the malinvestment and bursting bubbles with their failed central economic planning experiments and constant manipulation of interest rates which punishes those who save and encourages reckless behavior with the temptation of cheap credit. The democrats want to give these people more power to regulate our economy? That is the definition of insanity, the regulation of the market should come from natural market conditions influenced only by the economic choices of the people engaging in financial activity not a private banking cartel that has undermined our republic and drove our dollar down 98% since it's creation in 1913. Whatever we do don't give the Fed more power!

    April 23, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  17. MsDp

    I agree with the Govenor and I wish the DEM party would take a lead and stop waiting for the President to do it all. I wish the party would stop being afraid to lead and believe in their own missions and start struting their stuff. Because the fact of the matter is passing health care reform is A BFD! And the fact of the matter is the GOP knows this too! Which is why the gopers are fighting so hard to keep the American people from knowing the real benefits that we will gain from the new law.

    April 23, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  18. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Selling health care reform to the voters," basically translated into "lying through their teeth to the voters." Sadly, it worked the last time–I'm sure the Fabulist-in-Chief will come up with some real doozies this time.

    April 23, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  19. Marcus Mead

    I've watched this Canadian socialist destroy my state's economy for eight years; her incompetence is universally recognized, so you are listening to her, why?

    April 23, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Leon J. Swartzentruber

    Thank God we have term limits in Michigan come January she will be history>

    April 23, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  21. Pkm

    can you read the stock market is going through the roof

    April 23, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  22. dennis

    Why would anyone but CNN give a rats pattuty what a Governor of a Democrat State Strangled by bankruptcy due to liberals enthroned there for over 20 or 30 years has to say?

    April 23, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  23. Patriot in West Virginia

    We're from the Government, we're here to
    re-educate you.

    April 23, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |