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Posted at 12:57 PM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:16:08-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Grand Rapids Monday morning to campaign ahead of the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday.

Biden went to at Cherry Health’s nonprofit clinic downtown. The clinic relies heavily on federal funding, something Biden has promised to provide more of if he is elected president.

“Under my (administration) you’re always gonna have a partner in the White House, who is never never never gonna undermine Medicaid,” Biden said. “I’ll restore Obamacare — all the cuts and add a public option. A Medicare-like option for those who want it.”

In a brief address, Biden talked about the importance of facilities like the one he was at.

“Places like this are essential. Essential to the life of the community as a whole,” Biden said. “It’s not just really taking care of the health; it’s about raising up the notion of who we are and what the neighborhood’s like — who the people are.”

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was with Biden during his stop in Grand Rapids. She and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist have both publicly endorsed Biden for president and Whitmer has been one of several people mentioned as a possible running mate.

Biden also held a rally in Detroit with Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker.

Watch Biden at Cherry Health

Biden begins speaking at the 13-minute mark. Whitmer begins speaking at the 10-minute mark, and Blackmon opens the event at the the 5-minute mark.