Stacey Abrams for Democratic VP in 2020? She’s Already Tossing Her Hat in That Ring
'I will always be deeply, deeply hurt,' she told The New York Times, that she didn't win her fall 2018 gubernatorial race
Who’s asking that she join a ticket?
Maybe no one yet. Might not matter, though.
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams lost to Republican Brian Kemp in the fall 2018 race for their state’s governor’s seat, though she’s had a hard time acknowledging the loss, even after many months.
But now she is happy to make it known that she would be “honored” to be selected as vice presidential running mate for whichever Democrat winds up with the 2020 nomination for that party.
“I would be honored to be considered by any nominee,” she said, as The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
For months there’s been rampant speculation as to whether or not Abrams herself would seek the 2020 nomination for the presidency, as Fox News reported.
This week, though, she said she would not seek that position.
“I do believe I can enter the conversation as late as the fall and still have a real chance to win,” Abrams had previously told MSNBC.
She had also told MSNBC host Hallie Jackson that the 2020 Democratic field was “robust”— but that she’d keep her eye on things to see what actions she might take.
Yet not surprisingly, given past behavior, Abrams in her new interview accused her former opponent Kemp of “bastardizing” the electoral process; she made those charges during her New York Times interview this week.
“What I regret every day is that we could not stop [Kemp] from bastardizing this whole process, from denying the franchise to those who had earned it by being Americans and tried to use the right to vote to set the course of their futures,” she told The Times.
“And I will always be deeply, deeply hurt that we live in a nation that permitted that to happen.”
In May of this year, Abrams said in a speech at the Center for American Progress’s Ideas Conference, “The notion of identity politics has been peddled for the past 10 years and it’s been used as a dog whistle to say we shouldn’t pay too much attention to the voices coming into progress.”
“I would argue that identity politics is exactly who we are and exactly how we won,” she added.
"It is our responsibility to not just wait to see what happens, but to actually fight back." -Stacey Abrams on preparing for 2020 pic.twitter.com/51PMm0aKZm
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) August 14, 2019
Despite losing her race last fall by 55,000 votes — not a small number in a state race — Abrams has continued to believe she won that political contest in one way or another.
When a reporter asked her in March if she ever planned to concede the election, she declared, “No” — which, notably, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other Democrats had called a “direct threat to democracy” when speculating that Donald Trump might do the same.
Abrams, 45, was born in Madison, Wisconsin. An attorney, she served in Georgia’s House of Representatives from 2007 to 2017 and as minority leader from 2011 to 2017.
She has now launched Fair Fight 2020, which seeks to combat voter suppression.