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Former MI governor rallies Democrats

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm spoke at the Democratic National Convention last night. She got the crowd on its feet and social media abuzz. 

The former Governor argued that no one helped Michigan when the auto industry collapsed.

“Almost nobody had the guts to help us. Not the banks. Not the private investors. And not Bain Capital. But, in 2009 the cavalry arrived and our new president, Barack Obama, came in.”

The speech just grew more intense from there.

Granholm carried an automobile metaphor through the rest of her speech praising President Obama.

“When American markets broke down, who jumped started our engine? Barack Obama! And when America needed it most, who got us rollin’ again on the road to recovery? (crowd: Barack Obama!) America we need to rev up our engines in your car and on your ballot.”

The Michigan delegation was quickly on it's feet, clapping and cheering. As the speech went on, the entire convention center was on its feet.

Pundits on TV suggested it was a little over the top. Social media comments were mixed, but the majority thought Granholm was at her best.

See video here.

Seconds after Granholm’s speech was finished the Romney campaign emailed a press release which included quotes from nine Republicans critical of Granholm’s time as governor.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.
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