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Ronna McDaniel talks 2020 election with Detroit Economic Club

Ronna McDaniel
Detroit Economic Club

Ronna McDaniel sat down for a conversation Monday with the Detroit Economic Club.

She's the chair of the Republican National Committee, and the previous chair of the Michigan Republican Party.

She says she ran for that seat in Michigan because she saw Michigan as a "fly over state."

“We were not being campaigned in by presidential candidates. And I really felt like Michigan was a viable state presidentially,” she said.

As the Michigan chair, McDaniel helped Donald Trump become the first Republican to win Michigan since 1988. Hear McDaniel talk about how the 2016 election results "exceeded expectations" for the Republican Party in this 2016 Stateside interview.

She says a victory in Michigan may be more challenging in the 2020 presidential election than it was in 2016.

“Michigan's going to be competitive. It's going to be harder,” McDaniel said. “You have a Democrat governor. But we're up for the challenge and I think we're going to win Michigan.”

McDaniel also spoke about her views on trade, tariffs, and asylum seekers.

Paulette is a digital media reporter and producer for Michigan Radio. She started as a newsroom intern at the station in 2014 and has taken on various roles in that time, including filling in as an on-air host.
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