Stacey Abrams: 2020 is on the Table
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost a gubernatorial bid last year in Georgia, says a 2020 presidential run is "definitely on the table." Her comment was to clarify what she had said earlier while speaking at SXSW in Austin on Monday that suggested she wouldn't be ready to consider a presidential campaign until 2028. "In the spreadsheet with all the jobs I wanted to do, 2028 would be the earliest I would be ready to stand for president because I would have done the work I thought necessary to be effective at that job," Abrams said to PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor. But she later tweeted, “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...” Abrams has met with Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), who heads the campaign arm of the upper chamber, about a possible run against Senator David Perdue (R-GA) in 2020. She has also said she is considering a rematch with Republican Governor Brian Kemp, who has a long record of voter suppression in the Peach State. She morphed her campaign operation into a political action group, Fair Fight, focused on election law and ballot access. Abrams was the first Black woman to run for Governor of Georgia and, in January, became the first Black woman to deliver the Democratic State of the Union response. She’s currently writing a book focused on the challenges that hinder women, people of color, the working class, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a change. The book also candidly discusses her career in politics and business, and how gender and race have impacted her. Should she decide to make a run, she’s a potential fundraising powerhouse. The Spelman graduate’s campaign raised more money than any candidate, Democrat or Republican, in Georgia’s history. More here.