October 3rd, 2012
02:36 PM ET
10 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. dalla

    She should move back to Canada...she was a LOUSY governor of the State of Michigan.

    October 3, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. PatSJ

    California had a Republican governor for 8 years and look what happened. It doesn't matter who is governor at any particular time – it depends more on how the economy as a whole is doing.

    October 3, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jeff

    This woman REALLY enjoys being on TV.

    Like maybe more than Nancy Grace.

    I'm an Obama supporter and this woman scares me.

    October 3, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. 1608

    I think she spoke her heart, a woman with heart.

    October 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. Maty

    OutReminds of what they tried with Howard Dean a few cycles ago. I guess enthusiasm has been traded for cynicism and suspicion.

    October 3, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Truth Teller

    She's much Hotter and much Smarter, than Sarah Palin.

    October 3, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. reformnow

    Her convention speech was great! She was charged up before an audience that she whipped up by mentioning all the saved jobs in the auto bailout state by state.

    October 3, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  8. CBR

    So now we have to find out why a person gives an impassioned speech and seems to really care about what she is saying. Can we find something else to write and talk about? How about the ads we are seeing on tv which are not true, exaggerated, and very prejudiced and I do not use this word lightly. We need to demand that our candidates do better and that those doing ads for them are also producing ads that are fair, interesting, contain facts and the background info that supports the accusations. Why are we allowing our elections to be taken over by these pacs.

    October 3, 2012 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Tops Egret

    What happens on national tv, stays on national tv.

    October 3, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  10. Maybeline Orange #4

    She was just "fired up,......and ready to go!!!!!"

    October 3, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  11. Delilah

    Jennifer Granholm gave an impassioned speech about what saving the auto. industry did for over 1 million Americans! We in Michigan are very grateful to President Obama and Gov. Granholm expressed it well! The numbers of jobs saved by State that she gave is something we should all appreciate. Willard wanted to let go bankrupt and Michigan will not forget in Nov.

    October 3, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  12. Garry

    Too bad she can't run for President as she was born in Vancover. A few weeks ago they posted her 1978 dating game appearance. She was hot. Like Obama she is a Harvard Law School graduate.

    October 3, 2012 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Chuckee knowleton

    So what if she had a couple of drinkies before hitting the stage. I'd certainly want a couple.

    October 3, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  14. Dave Chmela

    And she's LOW on intelligence.

    October 3, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. Pipster

    Obama just said "as a consequence student loan rates were kept low"?? Biden is rubbing off.

    October 3, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Kristi

    DEE..your right...Romney rocked...back and forth..flipped and flopped and fake as can be...maybe obama hasn't grown a business, but he also isn't like Romney who grew a business..outsourced all jobs and took jobs away from the very Americans he is trying to plead his case as to why he should be president and can create jobs. I am a business owner..and wouldn't even want him as an employee..let alone the president..stop Obama hating

    October 4, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  17. mike

    sad day in media and politics

    Why would you not rub more salt in Mitt for Brains wounds on this subject,

    October 4, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  18. rebuznar

    I think Mitt Romney was awsome !!! What knowledge-right at his fingertips. Obama was a flop, and one coulld see that without his teleprompters he is lost. According to CNN polls -Romney 67% win, Obama 25%.

    October 4, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
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