Listen to Edward-Isaac Dovere interview Dana Nessel on Radio Atlantic.
DETROIT—A white moderate man can win statewide in Michigan, sure, but so can a progressive Jewish lesbian. And that, says state Attorney General Dana Nessel—who was elected last year on a statewide ticket that featured four women and one young African American man—should be on the minds of Democrats when they’re debating which of their presidential candidates can win next year. Democrats will need to recapture Michigan to have any hope of beating President Donald Trump in 2020.
Yesterday morning, standing with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Representative Debbie Dingell of Michigan, former Vice President Joe Biden said firmly, “I can win Michigan. They know me. I’ve worked my whole life. I come from the middle class. I understand it. I know what’s going on. I promise you, if I get the nomination, I will win Michigan, I will win Pennsylvania, I will win Ohio.”
Nessel, who hasn’t endorsed a candidate, told me in an interview for the latest episode of Radio Atlantic that other candidates can win her state, too.
“I don’t think you have to have him to win Michigan. I think there are so many candidates out there that are inspirational. And once we see the field sort of whittled down a little bit, I think we’ll see more people coalescing behind another candidate,” Nessel said.