Abrams will “continue to watch how the national conversation around the presidency unfolds” and she has not taken herself “out of that conversation” of a possible presidential run.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) tried so hard to get failed Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams to challenge Republican incumbent Sen. David Perdue in 2020.
It didn’t work as Abrams announced today she will not run for the senate in 2020.
“I’ve been deeply honored by so many fellow Georgians asking me to serve,” she said in an interview. “But my responsibility is not simply to run because the job is available. I need to run because I want to do the job.”
It triggers a new phase of the Senate race, which has been slow to develop while Abrams has deliberated. She plans to stay neutral in that contest, which so far has attracted one candidate who said she would run only if Abrams does not.
And it opens a new round of scrutiny over whether she will join the growing presidential field, or emerge as a White House hopeful’s running-mate, a possibility that heightened after she delivered her party’s rebuttal to the State of the Union.
If she doesn’t make a White House run, Abrams is likely to prepare a 2022 rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp, who bested her by about 55,000 votes in a contest marred by allegations of voter suppression. After 10 days of legal wrangling and vote-counting, Abrams ended her campaign but refused to call it a concession.
I am grateful for all the encouragement I received to run for U.S. Senate, and I’m committed to doing everything I can to help elect a Democrat to that seat next year. #gapol pic.twitter.com/5o14BqgqwO
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) April 30, 2019
Abrams met with Schumer numerous times and he picked her to give the Democrat response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union. The media has given her plenty of attention to keep her in the limelight.
Rumors swirled in March that Biden sought out Abrams as a running-mate to show he is not “just another old white guy.” The two of them had lunch in DC in early March at the request of Biden. Neither one provided details of said lunch.
Some on the left celebrated the idea while others criticized it. If he decides not to pick Abrams the left will probably scream RACIST at him. On Twitter, people have said that Biden is using Abrams. Others have made it seem like his argument to pick her to not look like “another old white man” is not working.
A week later, Abrams dismissed the possibility of running with Biden as she told The View that if she runs for the White House it will be as a presidential candidate. One advisor expressed disgust over the rumor because Biden didn’t endorse Abrams in the governor’s race and now he wants her to save him in the Democratic primary.
Abrams has not counted out a presidential run since she told the Associated Press that she will “continue to watch how the national conversation around the presidency unfolds” and she has not taken herself “out of that conversation.”DONATE
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