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.