October 3rd, 2012
02:36 PM ET
2 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. Marcia Greenwood, IN

    I saw the impasisoned speech and sometimes watch her show on Currant where she is much calmer-but always factual and interesting-SHE could BE President and to the delusional who see a governor-dictator Republican in Michigan now and think it is great what is WRONG with you-were you dropped on your head when you were a baby????

    October 3, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  2. Cedar Rapids

    "George Bush did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to cause the recession. NOTHING."

    so apparently a repub president has to take no responsibility but its all a dem president's fault if hes in?

    "Once Obama is out of office, they willl know they don't have a business hating socialists in the Whitehouse"

    business hating socialist? do grow up and join the adults.

    oh and i will leave you with...."experts of various ideological backgrounds agree that long-term trends in the housing and energy markets played a bigger role in directly causing the recession."

    October 3, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Kirk in michigan

    Truth hurts, mAn i wish i had your ability to deny credit where credit is due. george and haliburton, i mean cheeney, ruined the economy, two wars, that provided even more wealth to dickhead cheeney, thats what it wwas about. your party is toast, your ideaology is accepted only by the very wealthy, which is not the majority, enjoy your last weeks of delusions, reality hits nov. 7. but you will be able to hate another four years, not all bad huh?

    October 3, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. truth hurts

    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.
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    First, there was NO Bush screw up. Nobody has pointed to a single thing Bush did to cause the default of subprime mortgages. And yes Obama didn't cause it either. But he hasn't done ANYTHING to fix it either. Everything Obama has done has made it worse and lengthened the downturn. He didn't remove the bad tooth, his simpy grabbed and twisted it for 4 years and we are still feeling the pain. Given another 4 years, he will continue twisting!

    Romney has the answers and solutions that the inexperienced community organizer lacks or refuses to do because it conflicts with his far left redistribution approach.

    So you are incorrect, it is not one or the other.

    October 3, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  5. Alex

    I'm torn on Granholm. I am a MI resident and everybody in the nation knows this state has been in shambles for a while. We have an R governor now and we seem to be turning a corner so I've become very soured on Jenny. She is a bit of a blowhard who didn't do much for our state in its troubled time. I would not want here anywhere near a position of power at the Fed level. But I will still support Obama come Nov.

    October 3, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  6. Katie

    I loveeeeee this lady! She is an excellent speaker and knows how to rev up a crowd! The republican convention was full of old farts who carried the same lying messages. They have no plans of their own. The only thing that they (the Replitards) are mouthing off is how badly they think the President has performed in 3 1/2 years but offers no plans to fix anything! Naysayers get high on democracy and vote Obama/Biden 2012~! Love you Jen!

    October 3, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. truth hurts

    Alex - I'm torn on Granholm. I am a MI resident and everybody in the nation knows this state has been in shambles for a while. We have an R governor now and we seem to be turning a corner so I've become very soured on Jenny. She is a bit of a blowhard who didn't do much for our state in its troubled time. I would not want here anywhere near a position of power at the Fed level. But I will still support Obama come Nov.
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    Alex, you have come sooooo close to understanding only to lose it in the last statement. What Michigan experienced with Granholm is what the country is now experiencing with Obama. What Michigan is NOW experiencing with a Republican Governor, the country will experience with Romney in the Whitehouse.

    Seriously, take the blue pill and accept reality. It really isn't that bad.

    October 3, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Bob

    "First, there was NO Bush screw up. Nobody has pointed to a single thing Bush did to cause the default of subprime mortgages. And yes Obama didn't cause it either. But he hasn't done ANYTHING to fix it either. Everything Obama has done has made it worse and lengthened the downturn. He didn't remove the bad tooth, his simpy grabbed and twisted it for 4 years and we are still feeling the pain. Given another 4 years, he will continue twisting!

    Romney has the answers and solutions that the inexperienced community organizer lacks or refuses to do because it conflicts with his far left redistribution approach.

    So you are incorrect, it is not one or the other."
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    Um, how about Bush gutting every regulation or regulatory agenecy he could get away with (just what Romney wants to do)?

    The economy has recovered or is recovering in virtually all economic indicators. But I guess Obama gets no credit for that, huh?

    Has Romney explained what the people he will cut loose from government safety nets while waiting for his magical "trickle down" to occur? How are they to feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads?

    October 3, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Riley

    She ruined my homestate of Michigan. Yet, the dems want to heap tons of praise on her. It figures!!!!

    October 3, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. Riley

    Yep, she presided over the great downturn in Michigan. We love her...NOT!!!!

    October 3, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. Tony

    Truth hurts, if Romney had the answers and solutions he would have told us already. In fact, you probably know more about Romney's answers and solutions than Romney. You probably know more about Romney's answers and solutions than Romney's highly paid campaign staff. You dream up all kinds of stuff on your own, and Romney's campaign needs someone with imagination. Tell us what Romney's solutions and answers are, because we certainly are not getting the information from Romney.

    October 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  12. ritmocojo

    Gotta luv her.

    October 3, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Oliver

    Truth hurts. I find you hilarious man. Romney would have let the auto industry fail. Obama saved it. Point to governors all you want. Republican or Democrat, it wouldn't have mattered if GM went bankrupt. Not even the wealthiest states (9 of the top 10 being blue btw) could have afforded to bail out the auto industry. It took action on a federal level.

    October 3, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Steve

    Repubs love the country for what it is. Dems love the country for what they want it to be.

    October 3, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. truth hurts

    Oliver - Romney would have let the auto industry fail. Obama saved it.
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    George Bush saved GM. Obama continued what George Bush did. It was a no brainer! GM was ALWAYS going to go through restructuring. It was NEVER going to be carved up and dissolved. That is exactly what Romney said and proposed. Obama taking credit for all this a total lie. Like Iraq, it was all in place when he took office. He just kept following the plan laid out by George Bush.

    October 3, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    15% of republicans in a recent poll also thought that Mitt Romney killed bin Laden.

    October 3, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Hammerer

    Partly right. She was high.

    October 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  18. KeninTexas

    Jennifer Granholm doesn't need democracy. She is high on herself. What a n a r c i s s u s.

    October 3, 2012 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  19. KeninTexas

    Jennifer Granholm doesn't need democracy. She appears to think so highly of her own self.

    October 3, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Roger

    Steve – Repubs love the country for what it is. Dems love the country for what they want it to be.
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    Stop the nonsense. Both parties rally "Take the country back" when the opposition is in power. Don't you remember the Tea Party chanting everywhere that how a socialist unamerican president ruining the country... There is nothing wrong to hope the country to be better even though it's the best country in the world. It could always get better. I am an independent, but I hate when some republicans try to brand everyone unpatriotic when they have a different opinion... that's pathetic.

    October 3, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  21. just sayin

    she's either high or nuts to say and believe the stuff she does. probably both.

    October 3, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  22. Travis

    @ Roger
    " I hate when some republicans try to brand everyone unpatriotic when they have a different opinion... that's pathetic."

    I agree. I also hate it when some democrats do the same thing. Our elected officials need to act more like adults, rather than 5 year olds.

    October 3, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  23. Bingham

    She is a loon -works for Current TV says everything. She meant the carnival arrived fraught with theives and deception who have been the biggest drag on our economy since the 1970's. We have gone nowhere for four years with no prospects or plans for improvement under the Narcissist and Chief. He lives for Letterman, the View, Marthas Vinyard and any day he does not have to perform his actual duties as a PRESIDENT.

    October 3, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  24. truth hurts

    Bingham - She is a loon -works for Current TV says everything.
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    wow!! Even too delusional for MSNBC huh? Over there on the wacky Al Gore joke channel?? Nobody watches that crap so you wonder who is pumping money into them to keep them afloat. Gotta be Soros.

    October 3, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  25. bobjones

    I wish all liberals spoke like her. Defeating them would be much easier. But honestly, with Oblamer at the helm, they are easily defeating themselves. Nov. 6 is going to be soooooo delicious.

    October 3, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
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