October 3rd, 2012
02:36 PM ET
6 years ago

Granholm: 'I was high on democracy'

(CNN) - When Jennifer Granholm delivered an impassioned speech at the Democratic Convention last month, the political world lit up with questions over what was behind her highly-charged, theatrical address.

But the former Michigan governor said she was fueled by nothing other than her patriotic spirit.

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"I did not have any Red Bull. I was not - didn't have any medication," she said Wednesday on CNN's "Newsroom." "I was high on democracy,"

Her comments came one day after President Barack Obama's former auto industry adviser, Steven Rattner, suggested on MSNBC that Granholm "must have had some medications or something in her system."

"I worked with her," Rattner said. "That's not the Jennifer Granholm I knew."

On the final night of the DNC, Granholm revved up the Time Warner Cable arena in Charlotte, North Carolina with a rousing and spirited defense of the bailouts of Chrysler and General Motors. The former governor had the crowd on their feet and energetically applauding as she touted Obama's role in rescuing America's auto industry.

"The entire auto industry, and the lives of over 1 million hard-working Americans, teetered on the edge of collapse; and with it, the whole manufacturing sector. We looked everywhere for help. Almost nobody had the guts to help us - not the banks, not the private investors and not Bain Capital. Then, in 2009, the cavalry arrived: Our new president, Barack Obama!" Granholm cheered.

Talking about the speech Wednesday, Granholm added she had to yell over the crowds' thunderous response in order to keep her speech short.

"It was a hoot, I'll just say that," she said.

The former governor, who's now a host on the progressive network Current TV, also weighed in on recent polls in Michigan that show Mitt Romney behind Obama, even though Romney was born in the state and his father once served as governor.

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Granholm, however, said the GOP nominee had no chance in her state, pointing to his opposition to the so-called auto bailouts that were started under President George W. Bush's administration and carried out under Obama. The federal loans are widely credited with saving the auto industry.

"He is going to lose Michigan because he stabbed us in the back when we were on our knees, and he continues to do it," Granholm said.

Romney penned a New York Times op-ed titled "Let Detroit Go Bankrupt" in 2008 and argued for a managed bankruptcy rather than the use of government funds.

Granholm added that she considers Michigan a "purplish" state, but predicted a win for Obama, who carried the state in 2008 with 16% of the vote.

CNN's Electoral Map rates the state as "leaning towards" the president.

- CNN’s Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Jennifer Granholm • Michigan
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    Tell them Governor Granholm. You were firing up the crowd and you did your job! I loved having you as our Governor. I wish you well and never stop fighting for us!

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 3, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Then, in 2009, the cavalry arrived: Our new president, Barack Obama!" Granholm cheered.

    "President George W. Bush stepped in Friday to keep America's auto industry afloat, announcing a $17.4 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler, with the terms of the loans requiring that the firms radically restructure and show they can become profitable soon."

    And the endless parade of Obama and Democrat LIES continues.... Obama, as he has done many, many times, simply continued the George Bush policies. Of course, he now claims them as his. Quite the liar....

    October 3, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Virginia

    I just love this lady....she was born in Canada and yet look at the spirit of America that she projects....we could all take a lesson from her on how to show your country how much you love her.

    October 3, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    I thought her speech was great! Ifnyounfeel that passionate about what is right and what you believe in why not!!!

    October 3, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  5. Saboth

    I saw her on J. Stew and thought she was great.

    October 3, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Granholm just displayed what most politicians lack "facts and fire in her belly" and we all love her just like we love our President Obama and our First Lady Michelle Obama.

    October 3, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Saboth

    She was "high on Democracy"? Good thing the Republicans have already started a War on Democracy.

    October 3, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  8. Ind.

    She obviously forgot to take her meds.

    October 3, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Chuck

    More like High on Socialism

    October 3, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. 'High on"...

    Right..! Granholm..."Democracy"..?...................Really......?

    October 3, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. BLKMANinAmerica

    I loved every minute of her speech and only wished more DEMs could had spoke sooooooooooooooooooo loudly about my President's (Obama) accomplishments. It truly energized me and from the look and sound of did the same for so many other DEMs. For all thos haters who think she was "on something" yea..............it's called SHE SICK to dealth of the repuks LIES and DECIET. I hear you girl! you go!

    October 3, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Scott in Michigan

    She is high alright – and we all suffered for 8 years in this State because of her. The WORST governor in the history of this State. Horrible! Why do you think we have a Republican governor now turning this place around? That tells the entire story.

    October 3, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Dave

    Horrible speech. Reminds me of Howard Dean a couple of elections ago. I was embarrassed for her.

    October 3, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    God bless you, Jennifer. We love you.

    October 3, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. fg54

    She will make a good stand up comedian show duo together with Joe Biden, a.k.a.'The Royal Clown' .
    I was afraid she would get seizure or a strock. This lady belongs to some provincial theater, not the best one, I would add. Or she was just plain 'high' or drunk may be. Democracy has nothing to do with her antics. She also closely reminded me of the Communist party operatives whom I had a 'priviledge' to hear a lot (I am from the former USSR). Plain ugly, scary, nauseus and utterly comical performance, she managed to give, all at the same time.

    October 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. Ann

    you are just crazy.. you learned from your boss that yelling on stage helps recruiting some stupid followers who will chant with you.

    October 3, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    @truth hurts

    And the endless parade of Obama and Democrat LIES continues.... Obama, as he has done many, many times, simply continued the George Bush policies. Of course, he now claims them as his. Quite the liar....
    You ignore the fact that Bush caused the recession but try to give him credit for the recovery? You've consistently been the most delusional of all the right-wing nuts posting! If Romney was elected and the economy improves, as expected by all economists, would you give President Obama the credit? Hate and bigotry...

    October 3, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Phil Thomas

    I'm convinced this truth hurts guy is not as delusional as his posts would lead you think. No one can carry that much water, get serious. Take a lesson in how interest works, take a lesson in the fact that W and the RNC controlled congress had plenty of time to cut and make deficit changes and all they did was Spend. Obama took on a bad situation and a lot of debt and it compounded but make no mistake although he spent which you traditionally have to get out of a recession that is not new in our nations history. its the people you carry the water for that build this mess and continue to convince people who can't google and research that it was the president but most Americans can do math. so no matter how many posts you make no one is buying what you are selling just read the posts

    October 3, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I listened to Gov. Granholm's speech and the one undeniable thing was how factual it was. When you have truth behind you, it's not hard to be impassioned about your subject. You don't see passion behind Romney and Ryan's speeches, all you see is complaining, attacking and rhetoric.

    October 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    >Anonymous - You ignore the fact that Bush caused the recession but try to give him credit for the recovery?

    George Bush did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to cause the recession. NOTHING. He signed for NONE of those subprime mortgages! And don't forget, the recession started one year after Democrats took control of the House and Senate. Prior to that event, the economy had 50 straight months of economic growth and low unemployment. And YES, George Bush DID save GM & Chrysler with his bailout. That is irrefutable. Obama simply continued what he had started. A monkey could have done that.

    If Romney was elected and the economy improves, as expected by all economists, would you give President Obama the credit?
    Are you serious? These are the same Obama economic bozos that think you can spend your way to prosperity. These are the same Obama economic bozos that said we'd be at 5% unemployment right now. Corporations are voting with their dollars right now. Once Obama is out of office, they willl know they don't have a business hating socialists in the Whitehouse. If he is not out of office, God help us. He will deserve the mess he has created.

    October 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: Hey, networks, fact-check the debates in real-time and put it in the crawl!

    @truth hurts: NOTHING changes the FACT that Mittens wanted to let the American auto industry go bankrupt, resulting in the loss of 1+ million American jobs. He, like so many chest-thumping Repubs, claims to be more American than everyone else, and yet his actions – everything from making millions from closing down American companies and outsourcing thousands of American jobs to hiding his money in overseas accounts to avoid paying taxes – his actions speak volumes about where his REAL loyalty lies.

    It's not with our country, it's not with out people. The only thing Mittens cares about is money, money, money and to hell with the United States!

    Obama/Biden 2012 = Vote for OUR nation's future

    October 3, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. julie

    look at all the jealous repubs supporters b/c the rnc was a big JOKE don't hate on us
    your boy mitt is losing and falling like a rock and don't think tinight will be a game changer for him he is done like dinner

    OMIT MITT THE TWIT 2012...........actually he is doing a pretty good job of omitting himself

    October 3, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Enough is Enough

    You have to be on drugs to think Obama has done anything right to help the economy.

    October 3, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. A Bit Askew

    Truth – you can't blame him for bush's screw up & then turn around and give the fix to Mittens. One, or the other.

    October 3, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Aaron

    Democrats led a charge to get poor people into their own homes. Charitable of them right? Not very practical though. Charity won out in the end and as such they enacted legislation to make lending to low income families easier. Low income families given $200,000 loans for houses they could never afford resulted in thousands of failed mortgages, leading to the downfall of the mortgage backers and the economy. And George W. WARNED congress that the legislation was a bad move. He was proven right. So stop blaming him for something he tried to avoid. Period. And stop taking credit for something he started. I live in Michigan and Granholm was a TERRIBLE governor. So many of our counties are staring bankruptcy in the face it's not even funny. Detroit's school system is about finished. Granholm can stick it. If SHE'S endorsing someone, it's not anyone I want to vote for.

    October 3, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
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