DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 8: Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Democratic gubernatorial nominee, speaks with a reporter after a Democrat Unity Rally at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel August 8, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Whitmer will face off against Republican gubernatorial nominee Bill Schuette in November. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Rumors have been swirling that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer could become Joe Biden’s pick for a running mate, but she’s hasn’t given specifics about the possibility– until now.

In an interview with TODAY’s Craig Melvin on Tuesday (May 19), Whitmer said she had an “opening conversation” with Biden about his search for a running mate.

Whitmer adds that “it’s not something I would call a professional or formalized vetting,” but that she’s still in contact with the campaign.

Right now, though, Whitmer says “100% of my energy and focus” is on helping Michigan deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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