The 2020 presidential race continues to heat up, with more and more Democratic candidates throwing their hats into the ring. But many voters are still keeping their eye on candidates who have not yet declared, including Stacy Abrams, the powerhouse almost-Governor of Georgia.
In her gubernatorial run, Abrams had a strong platform centered around issues like education, healthcare, affordable housing, gun safety, and civil rights. The Georgia run made national news and she gained a large and enthusiastic following across the country. Abrams was chosen as the speaker for the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union and she absolutely delivered.
Abrams’ name has been making headlines recently because of speculation about another potential candidate yet to declare, Joe Biden. Biden invited Abrams to lunch last month and that was all it took for the rumor mill to go into hyperdrive. After all, to have Abrams as a running mate might make the 76-year old former VP more palatable to the younger, more diverse Democratic base clamoring for change. Both camps have denied that any discussion about a joint ticket took place.
While speaking with the ladies of the morning television show The View, Abrams pointedly remarked, “you don’t run for second place.” That comment sparked hope among those wistfully wishing she might enter the race and make a go for it herself.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Abrams detailed her potential plans, saying that running for president is perhaps third on her list of potential races to enter. She has her eye on either a Senate seat or a rematch in the race for governor. But a possible future at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t off the table. And if she doesn’t run, Abrams would be “open to conversations with anyone” about potentially being a running mate once there is a nominee.
If that nominee were to end up being Joe Biden, Abrams has aligned herself as an ally. As Biden faces pressure over allegations about inappropriate physical contact with multiple women, Abrams described Biden’s response as “what we should be looking for” in elected leaders. She went on to argue that expecting perfection is unfair. “We have to be ready to forgive,” Abrams said, “but forgiveness does not mean you accept it unless what you see is accountability and an attempt at reformation.” She believes Joe Biden has shown that accountability.
No matter how she gets there, we can’t wait to see Stacy Abrams represent in Washington.