Stacey Abrams Rejects Being Joe Biden’s Pre-Named VP: I’m “just as capable of becoming the President”
“I think you don’t run for second place.”
There has been speculation about Stacey Abrams entering the 2020 race on a ticket with former Vice President Joe Biden as his running mate. During an appearance on The View, she said that’s not going to happen.
Abrams said she is open to anything down the road, but made it clear that if she enters the race for 2020, she’ll do it on her own.
Christen Hill reports at ABC News:
Stacey Abrams on ABC’s The View: ‘You don’t run for second place.’
Democratic rising star Stacey Abrams teased her political future during an appearance on “The View” Wednesday saying that “I think you don’t run for second place.”
Her comments and appearance on the show come just after her recent lunch with former Vice President Joe Biden and amid speculation of joining the 2020 fray as his running mate swirl.
“If I’m going to enter a primary, I’m going to enter the primary,” she said on The View during an appearance to promote her new book “Lead from the Outside.” “I do not know if I am running, I am thinking about everything.”
Abrams previously said during a recent speech at Vanderbilt University, she is willing to meet with any candidate running for president in 2020 under two conditions: “My two requirements. One, you have to tell me what you’re going to do about voter suppression. And two, you have to believe Georgia is a swing state.”
In the video below, after they talk 2020, the discussion moves on to Joe Biden’s recent apology over his questioning of Anita Hill. At the end, she confirms that she still doesn’t accept the outcome of the 2018 governor race in Georgia:
On CBS News, Abrams indicated she considers herself a potential presidential candidate:
“I think the success I had in our election… positions me to be just as capable of becoming the President of the United States as anyone running. My responsibility though, is to make sure I’m running for the right reasons and at the right time.”
"I think the success I had in our election… positions me to be just as capable of becoming the President of the United States as anyone running. My responsibility though, is to make sure I’m running for the right reasons and at the right time." — @staceyabrams on a 2020 run pic.twitter.com/8ZZq9wW0v2
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 27, 2019
When it comes to the Biden ticket rumors, one Abrams adviser made it clear that it wasn’t going to happen with some pretty sharp words.
Andrew Stiles reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Stacey Abrams Aide Slams Joe Biden’s ‘Exploitative’ VP Offer
The Democratic primary race continues to produce a fair share of drama, even among candidates who aren’t officially running yet.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is likely to launch a campaign sometime next month, amid rumors that he might pre-select a running mate to spice up his entrance into a crowded field. Rumors are swirling after Biden reportedly met with Stacey Abrams, the Georgia gubernatorial candidate who refuses to admit defeat in the race she lost to Republican Brian Kemp…
Team Abrams, however, is reportedly frustrated by the rumors, not least because they’d like to see more consideration given to the possibly of Abrams running for president herself. Abrams herself has argued race was a factor in the underwhelming media attention she has received compared to former congressman and failed Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
When it comes to Biden, some Abrams supporters are said to be concerned about the former vice president’s problematic record on race and criminal justice. One Abrams adviser had some particularly harsh words for Biden in light of his rumored offer to join the ticket as his running mate.
“What makes it particularly exploitative is that Biden couldn’t be bothered to endorse Stacey in the gubernatorial primary,” the adviser told BuzzFeed News. “Now he wants her to save his ass. That’s some serious entitlement.”
That sounds like a definitive no.
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