LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Despite national media outlets throwing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s name in the mix for a presidential run in 2024, the governor is reiterating that she is not interested in that job.

In a Tuesday interview with the Free Press, Whitmer said, “I intend to serve four more years as governor and do the best job I can and hand the state over to whoever succeeds me.”

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Whitmer soundly defeated GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon in last week’s midterm elections despite numerous strategists and pundits saying a “Red Wave” would sweep the nation. Instead, Michigan saw a “Blue Wave.” Gov. Whitmer, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, earned second terms. Both chambers in Lansing are Democratic.

The governor told the Free Press that she is not “driving” the conversation around a national Whitmer ticket.

“I intend to serve four more years as governor and do the best job I can and hand the state over to whoever succeeds me,” Whitmer said. “The lure of Washington, D.C. has not been something that has ever drawn my interest or attention. What I love about state government is that you can do things right now and see the impact that it has on people’s lives.”