Gretchen Whitmer on Homeland Security



COVID-19 restrictions were aggressive and necessary

Q: Do you have any regrets on any of the restrictions that you have put into place?

WHITMER: I don't. And here's why. You know, Michigan right now has the third highest number of death from COVID-19. And yet, we're the tenth largest state. We have a disproportionate problem in the state of Michigan. And so, we could take the same kinds of actions other states have, but it doesn't rise to the challenge we're confronting. And that's precisely why we have to take a more aggressive stand. It's working. We are seeing the curve start to flatten.

Source: Meet the Press 2020 interview on 2022 Michigan Governor race , Apr 19, 2020

We should be ashamed for neglecting veterans' needs

We should be ashamed when the men and women who stepped up to serve our nation are forced to wait months for the care they earned, or face homelessness when they return home. I have a long record fighting for Michigan's 700,000 men and women in uniform whose sacrifices keep us safe, and I'll hold government accountable for the lack of respect for our veterans that led to incompetence, neglect, and tragedy at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Improving care by putting our veterans ahead of politics to make sure they get the benefits and medical care they deserve, including mental health services, addiction care, and counseling. One veteran suicide is too many, and we must do better for our servicemen and women who face the difficult transition of returning home. I'll work to get more medical staff in veterans' homes, increase oversight for service providers, and end the privatization of services.

Source: 2022 Michigan Gubernatorial website GretchenWhitmer.com , Mar 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Widespread testing is fundamental & crucial

She disagreed with the White House, who have urged that only those who are symptomatic should be tested, saying that "absolutely" that asymptomatic carriers should be tested. "In Michigan yesterday, there was a report that we've got an infant that tested positive. We know that our young people are suffering severe lung damage as older people are," Whitmer explained. "There's so much that we need to learn in such a short period of time and testing is a fundamental, crucial component of that."
Source: Fox News Sunday interview for 2020 Michigan Governor race , Mar 22, 2020

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