She won’t accept her 2018 defeat, real Democrat presidential material there.
Stacey Abrams came up short in her race for governor of Georgia last fall, but that’s not stopping her from considering a run for president in 2020. Why not? Everyone else is doing it.
Eli Watkins reports at CNN:
Stacey Abrams: ‘2020 is definitely on the table’
Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party, said Monday it was possible she could seek her party’s presidential nomination next year.
Abrams’ comment came after an interview at the South by Southwest conference in Texas, where Abrams reportedly said she previously thought 2028 would be the earliest she could run for president, but over Twitter, she clarified: “Now 2020 is definitely on the table.”
If Abrams decides to run, she would jump into a crowded Democratic field that already includes 12 announced campaigns.
A former Georgia state House minority leader, Abrams rose to national prominence last year during a closely fought gubernatorial bid that would have seen her become the first African American woman ever elected governor. She conceded the race amid significant controversy over the way the election was conducted — a process overseen by her opponent, now-Gov. Brian Kemp, who was Georgia’s secretary of state at the time.
Earlier this year, Abrams delivered the Democrats’ official rebuttal to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech.
Here’s her tweet:
In #LeadFromTheOutside, I explore how to be intentional about plans, but flexible enough to adapt. 20 years ago, I never thought I’d be ready to run for POTUS before 2028. But life comes at you fast – as I shared in Q&A w @Yamiche at @sxsw. Now 2020 is definitely on the table…
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 11, 2019
At the end of this week, Abrams did one thing that is raising speculation. She had a quiet meeting with Joe Biden in Washington, DC.
Zachary Halaschak reports at the Washington Examiner:
2020 powwow? Joe Biden and Stacey Abrams meet in Washington
Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams met in Washington, D.C. Thursday.
The two are both potential 2020 presidential contenders, with Biden expected to announce a run soon and Abrams still undecided.
The meeting, reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, came after mixed signals from Abrams. She said Monday she wasn’t going to run but a day later reversed course, saying a 2020 bid was “definitely on the table.”
Abrams, 45, who was the Democratic minority leader in the Georgia House, lost a 2018 run for governor against Republican Brian Kemp. She is a rising figure in Democratic politics and gave her party’s response to President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union.
If Biden, 76, a white male who has spent nearly 50 years in Washington, were to win the Democratic nomination then Abrams would be a natural vice-presidential pick to “balance” the party ticket.
Biden knows his political capital as an older white man will only go so far with the Democratic base. This would be a shrewd attempt to check more boxes for the sake of identity politics.
Abrams would also present some challenges as a VP candidate. She still refuses to believe she lost the 2018 Georgia election.
David Rutz writes at the Washington Free Beacon:
Abrams Still Refuses to Accept Defeat in Georgia Governor’s Race: ‘I Did Win My Election’
Vanquished Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D.) boasted about never conceding her race against Gov. Brian Kemp (R.) Thursday and claimed “I did win my election.”
Abrams never officially conceded defeat in her bitterly fought race with Kemp, claiming the former secretary of state in Georgia engaged in systematic voter suppression—although the number of voters participating in the governor’s race nearly doubled from 2014 to 2018—and claimed it was not a “free or fair election.”
At an event Thursday, Abrams was asked by a tracker if she would ever concede to Kemp. She appeared to remain silent, but she said inside that she’d told the tracker “no.”
“I did win my election,” she said, according to ABC News reporter Adam Kelsey. “I just didn’t get to have the job.”
The media will not be able to cover for her on this for one simple reason:
Donald Trump refused to say that he’d respect the results of this election. By doing that, he’s threatening our democracy.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 21, 2016
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