In Michigan, Granholm says no to Senate bid
March 22nd, 2013
05:13 PM ET
1 year ago

In Michigan, Granholm says no to Senate bid

(CNN) – For those hoping to see the fiery Jennifer Granholm launch a Senate campaign in Michigan, they may be disappointed.

The former Michigan governor announced Friday on Facebook that she won't be seeking the Senate seat to be vacated by her fellow Democrat, longtime Sen. Carl Levin.
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Filed under: Carl Levin • Jennifer Granholm • Michigan • Senate
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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Filed under: 2012 • Jennifer Granholm • Michigan
Tweet of the Day: Granholm weighs in on Arnold
May 17th, 2011
12:01 PM ET
3 years ago

Tweet of the Day: Granholm weighs in on Arnold

@GovGranholm Another guy guv admits 2 cheating on his wife. Maybe we need more women governors. Guys: keep ur pants zipped, for Pete's sake. #Arnold

Granholm's DNC disinterest surprises Democrats
March 18th, 2011
12:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Granholm's DNC disinterest surprises Democrats

Washington (CNN) – Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm's decision to take her name out of the running to head the Democratic National Committee stunned party leaders and the White House Thursday, a Democratic official with knowledge of the West Wing's thinking tells CNN.

Current Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine is seriously considering stepping down from his post to run for the open Senate seat in Virginia and Granholm was one of several high-profile Democrats the White House was said to be looking at for the DNC heading into the 2012 presidential election year.
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Filed under: DNC • Jennifer Granholm
Well-known governors prepare to leave office
January 1st, 2011
04:03 AM ET
4 years ago

Well-known governors prepare to leave office

Washington (CNN) - Beginning Saturday and continuing over the next few weeks, some of the nation's most prominent governors will be leaving office as a new crop of state chief executives are sworn in.

Among the more well-known governors who will be leaving office: - Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Charlie Crist of
Florida, Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota and Mark Sanford of South Carolina - Democrats Bill Richardson of New Mexico, David Paterson of New York, Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Ted Strickland of Ohio and Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.

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October 8th, 2010
08:02 PM ET
4 years ago

Lame duck politicians spar over tax cuts

(CNN) – Two politicians in their final terms in office faced off Friday over a series of tax cuts that are set to expire on January 1.

Democratic Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said that a small business jobs bill signed by President Obama last week "provided some certainty," but argued the Republican argument for extending the Bush tax cuts for individuals making more than $200,000 a year smacks of hypocrisy.

"That was a good bill last week. That provided some certainty," the Michigan Democrat told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "The - the ability to extend the tax cuts for the middle class and down, I think, are very important. Do the top two percent need that? If you get back to the fiscal conservative argument about paying for it, I think it's really speaking out of both sides of your mouth."

Retiring New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, a Republican, countered: "It would be hard for me to disagree with that more strongly."

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Filed under: issues • Jennifer Granholm • JKUSA • John King USA • Judd Gregg • Taxes
August 8th, 2010
01:16 PM ET
4 years ago

Govs spar over state aid, same-sex marriage, health care

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Michigan's Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, left, and Virginia's Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, disagreed Sunday on a number of potential hot-button issues in this November's elections. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) – In a preview of Democratic and Republican talking points on what are likely to be major issues in this fall’s midterm elections, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sparred Sunday in an interview that aired on CNN’s State of the Union.

As the House prepares to return early from recess in order to vote on a $26-billion state aid bill passed by the Senate last week, McDonnell, a Republican, slammed the measure as an example of excessive federal spending.

“Well, I think it has to end soon, because the federal government is running out of money,” McDonnell told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. “I mean 14 trillion [dollars in total federal debt], which is $42,000 for every American. Candy, it's an unsustainable level of spending. We cannot continue to be a debtor nation.”

The Virginia governor added, “Spending is out of control at a lot of levels of government. We have to live within our means.”

McDonnell also told Crowley that some of President Obama’s economic stimulus plan had helped his state “in the short run . . . in some of the areas, although we've turned some of it down and made the decisions to make the cuts that are necessary. But we cannot continue to have all the states rely on the federal government.”

Gov. Granholm, by contrast, defended the latest state aid bill along with earlier efforts by Capitol Hill to help out cash-strapped state and local governments“There is no doubt that this has been critically important money for us, as we make our way through this recession,“ Granholm, a Democrat, said of the federal aid her state has received in the recent tough economic times.
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June 3rd, 2010
01:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Granholm declares Galarraga's gem a perfect game

Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game Wednesday night.
Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game Wednesday night.

Washington (CNN) - Just one day after Detroit Tigers' pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game by a heartbreaking missed call, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is ripping up the scorecard and proclaiming the game perfect.

Noting that umpire Jim Joyce admitted he was mistaken in calling Indians player Jason Donald safe at first base with a perfect game on the line in the ninth inning, Granholm is fixing the mistake, even if Major League Baseball won't.

"Now, Therefore, be it Resolved that I, Jennifer M. Granholm, governor of the state of Michigan, do hereby declare Armando Galarraga to have pitched a perfect game, and I join Tigers fans all across the globe in saluting his unassailable accomplishment – the first perfect game in Tigers history," the proclamation reads.

Outcry against umpire Jim Joyce has been fierce Thursday. The New York Times called the botched call "easily the most egregious blown call in baseball over the last 25 years."

And the umpire himself – while not allowed to view an instant replay during the game – knew the score afterward.

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Filed under: Jennifer Granholm • Michigan
April 26th, 2010
04:54 AM ET
4 years ago

For high court pick, 'wise' to look outside the courts, gov says


(CNN) – As President Obama ruminates over his second Supreme Court pick in as many years, outgoing Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Obama would be “wise” to consider someone outside the usual suspects on the federal appellate courts.

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, the two-term Democrat who campaigned with Obama during his run for the presidency was coy when asked about her own status as a potential Supreme Court pick.

Granholm told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that she was vetted last year for the Supreme Court before Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor.

As to whether the second time might be the charm for her, Granholm deferred saying she “was going to allow the administration to speak on anything on this go-round.”

Granholm did not hold back, however, about whether Obama should be looking at candidates who are not currently sitting federal judges – a suggestion made often by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, whose committee holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees.

“I think it's a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery,” Granholm told Crowley.
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April 25th, 2010
05:57 PM ET
4 years ago

For high court pick, 'wise' to look outside the courts, gov says


(CNN) – As President Obama ruminates over his second Supreme Court pick in as many years, outgoing Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Obama would be “wise” to consider someone outside the usual suspects on the federal appellate courts.

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, the two-term Democrat who campaigned with Obama during his run for the presidency was coy when asked about her own status as a potential Supreme Court pick.

Granholm told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley that she was vetted last year for the Supreme Court before Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor.

As to whether the second time might be the charm for her, Granholm deferred saying she “was going to allow the administration to speak on anything on this go-round.”

Granholm did not hold back, however, about whether Obama should be looking at candidates who are not currently sitting federal judges – a suggestion made often by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, whose committee holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees.

“I think it's a very wise move to consider experience that is not just from the judicial monastery,” Granholm told Crowley.
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