Newt Gingrich Falsely Accuses Stacey Abrams of “Stealing” Georgia Election

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When President-elect Joe Biden won the state of Georgia, he became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the state since 1992. That achievement was in large part due to the efforts of former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, whose organization, Fair Fight, helped register a slew of new voters in the state. The Georgia race was one of the most closely watched races during this election cycle, and Biden’s victory has wide-ranging implications for future Democratic success in the state. read more

Stacey Abrams: “To Safeguard The Future of Our Country, We Must Vote Trump Out of Office”

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In an op-ed for USA Today, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says “To safeguard the future of our country, we must vote” President Donald Trump out of office.

But this election is about more than who will be our next president,” she points out. “It’s an opportunity to ensure that our political system doesn’t let people like Trump and his ilk make decisions that benefit them instead of the majority of Americans.” read more

Stacey Abrams Would Be “Willing to Serve” If Picked to Be Biden’s VP

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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says she would be “willing to serve” if Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, picks her to be his running mate.

“As a young black girl growing up in Mississippi, I learned that if I didn’t speak up for myself no one else would,” Abrams told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. “I was raised to tell the truth, so when I’m asked a question, I answer it as directly and honestly as I can. So my mission is to say out loud, if I’m asked the question: Yes, I would be willing to serve.”

“For the last year and a half, I have run three national organizations including Fair Fight 2020, which is in 18 states protecting the right to vote. I’ve been traveling the country promoting a census that is accurate and that helps us prepare for the next pandemic and for redistricting,” she said. “I believe in doing the work. I’ve been doing it since the day I did not become governor and I will continue to do so.”

You can watch Abrams’s remarks below.

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Stacey Abrams: Brian Kemp’s Decision to Open Georgia’s Economy Has “No Logic”

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Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate who lost to Governor Brian Kemp (R) following a contentious election riddled with accusations of voter fraud, says there is “no logic” to her former opponent’s decision to open the economy.

“There is no logic and that’s part of the problem,” Abrams told View co-host Ana Navarro. “We only shut down Georgia two weeks ago. So let’s remember, we were one of the last states to respond to the call for the shutdown because the governor did not recognize that asymptomatic people could spread the disease.”

“We are seeing our rates over the last two weeks, not decline, and we know that you cannot perform a tattoo from six feet away. You can’t do someone’s nails from six feet away, but I want you to remember who you saw the last time you walked into a nail salon — who you saw working on the front lines at a restaurant,” she added. “Those are the people who need to be home protecting themselves and their families, making sure that they are safe because they are often the only breadwinners, and instead of protecting their lives, we are prioritizing the potential of the economy.”

Abrams added that the Senate’s support for an enlargement of the Paycheck Protection Act is the right choice as many grapple with financial uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“That’s the solution to the economic challenges we face, not putting people’s lives on the line so you can say you did something,” she said.

During a separate appearance on CNN political commentator David Axelrod’s podcast “The Axe Files,” Abrams said Kemp’s decision to reopen the economy would disproportionately harm low-wage workers.

“The more insidious part of what he’s doing is that he claims this is to support small business owners,” Abrams said. “And that may be true, but the front-line workers tend to be low-wage workers who, right now, because they are furloughed or cannot go to work, can collect unemployment and protect themselves.”

“Instead of fixing an unemployment system that is not processing people fast enough, his response is to send those people back to the front lines without the protective equipment that they need,” she continued. “Without any assurances that the owners that they will work or will actually do what they’re supposed to.”

Opinion: Obama’s Endorsement Challenges Biden, Re-Imagines Presidency for the Future

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Last Tuesday, former President Barack Obama gave his much-anticipated endorsement of his former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. 

The endorsement was expected, of course, despite the wait Obama imposed, which seemed likely attributable to his preference to time his speech in the wake of Bernie Sanders’ own endorsement of Biden, creating a crescendo effect. read more

Stacey Abrams on Joe Biden: “I Would Be an Excellent Running Mate”

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Stacey Abrams, who became a political darling among Democrats following her Georgia gubernatorial campaign, says she would feel “honored” if chosen to be Joe Biden’s running mate in his campaign for the presidency.

“I would be an excellent running mate,” Abrams said in an interview with Elle.

“I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities,” Abrams continued. “I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. I’ve spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America’s place in the world. If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”

Abrams said she has a keen understanding of what the potential role would entail, too.

“The VP’s job is to be chief lieutenant and partner by taking on the roles and responsibilities assigned to you by the president,” she said. “I am very self-aware, and I know that my résumé…is usually reduced to ‘She didn’t become the governor of Georgia.’ But it is important to understand all the things I did to prepare for that contest.”

“That campaign was not a whim. It was the outcome of decades of deliberate work building my capacity to serve as many people as I could, in the most effective way possible,” she continued. “My responsibility is to be ready to do the job—to have the core capacities that are embedded in the role. I am able to stand effectively as a partner, to execute a vision, and to serve the vision of the president.”

Abrams also had positive words to say about the Democrats’ response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 27,000 lives in the United States since the first death was reported on February 29.

“The Democratic Party has shown its strength and its cohesion during the coronavirus pandemic,” she says. “Governors are standing up and saying we will lead when those who should do not. Mayors and members of city councils are showing the best of who we can be. They are bolstered by the national apparatus amplifying their message.”

“This moment is a perfect reminder that there is no national coven, no cabal declaring, ‘Democrats, here’s what we’re going to do on Thursday,'” she added. “The quality of the party is us. We are Democrats. We set the tone. We set the agenda. Those we elect to every level of government are part of it. Let’s tell our story from the bottom up, not just the top down.”

Abrams’s name has been floated as a likely contender for the coveted position. Her statements come after Biden received high profile endorsements from former President Barack Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)

With Promises Made Of A Woman VP Nominee, Who Do Voters Want Picked To Run?

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Healthcare reform, coronavirus, and who could beat President Donald Trump in a general election matchup were all obvious topics that viewers should have expected to be discussed in the debate between Democratic Party candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on Sunday night.

But a promise from Biden also made headlines — the pledge that a woman vice-presidential candidate would run alongside him, should he get the nomination.

Sanders made a similar promise, saying he was going to highly consider a woman to run with him too, but Biden’s words were more committal.

“If I’m elected president, my cabinet, my administration will look like the country and I commit that I will, in fact, appoint a woman to be vice president,” he said in the debate.

Biden didn’t give any details on who he was thinking of. But according to polling from last month, there are a few names that top the list of Democratic voters’ opinions that he should give strong consideration toward.

An Emerson poll from mid-February asked respondents who should be the Democratic candidate for vice president. A clear plurality, 20 percent, said it should be current U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who also ran for president in the Democratic primary but dropped out early due to losing momentum during her campaign.

The poll, which also included men in its questioning, placed Andrew Yang in second place, with 18 percent. Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton came in third, with 16 percent saying she should be VP, and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams came in fourth, with 8 percent saying she should be the nominee.

Women are the majority of the U.S. population, but we’ve never had a woman president.

There are plenty of inspiring, qualified women in American politics who could be president.

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McCaskill Begs Abrams to Run for the Senate and ‘Take Down McConnell’

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During a TV appearance when the discussion was all about whether or not Stacey Abrams would run for president in 2020, a former U.S. senator practically begged her to run for a Senate seat in Georgia instead.

The former senator, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, made a strong pitch directly to Abrams, saying that if she were to run for senate seat in Georgia she could help end Mitch McConnell’s tenure as majority leader.

Abrams appeared today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss her decision on running for office after her loss in Georgia’s gubernatorial race last November. She lost narrowly in a contest that was marred by claims of massive voter suppression.

She has vowed that if she runs for another statewide office in Georgia, she and other Democrats in the Peach State will not allow themselves to be victimized again by Republican voter suppression efforts.

McCaskill, the former Democratic senator who is now an MSNBC TV analyst, asked the charismatic young African American woman from Georgia to help take down McConnell.

“I think you’ve got a really hard decision,” McCaskill told Abrams. “I think you’re an amazing leader, and I am so proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished – -say that first.”

McCaskill then slammed her former colleague, Georgia senator David Perdue for being a blind supporter of Donald Trump, and indicated that Abrams would be a huge improvement.

“The difference between leadership in the United States Senate between David Perdue and Stacey Abrams is night and day,” McCaskill said. “I mean, he is a sycophant for Donald Trump, he is all things Trump. He’s not even thoughtful about it.”

She pointed out that Democrats could not advance their agenda in the U.S. Congress so long as McConnell stood in the way as Majority Leader.

“I really do think that it will be very hard for us to what we want to do in this country as long as Mitch McConnell is running the show in the United States Senate,” McCaskill said. “So I want you to do whatever your ambition and your planning leads you. I use the word ‘ambition’ because I’m proud of your ambition, women need to own their ambition — I think that’s terrific.”

She said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had helped her overcome her own second thoughts about running for Senate in 2006, but she did, and that helped Democrats take control.

“We took the Senate by three narrow races, in Virginia, Montana and Missouri, and that was in 2006,” McCaskill said. “I think we could repeat that in 2020, but maybe not without you.”

Abrams said she also has received feedback and encouragement from Schumer, to help her make her decision.

However, she was very clear in saying that she still has not decided what she will do next.

“Leader Schumer has been nothing but gracious,” Abrams said. “He’s been very intense and very intentional, and I appreciate that — I appreciate the input. My job is to make sure, one, I’m the right person for the job, two, that it’s the right time, three, that this is the right job that I need to hold.”

But she agreed that someone should replace the junior senator from Georgia.

“I share your disappointment about David Perdue,” Abrams said, laughing.

Stacey Abrams Needs to Have a Future in Politics, and the Future is Now

For many reasons this is a very unusual time in American politics. Three of the Democratic Party’s rising stars all lost elections last November: Beto O’Rourke and Andrew Gillum, along with Stacey Abrams.

But for all of these three talented young leaders there must be made a place — not just in the party, but in elected office. O’Rourke is running for president, and there is a good chance that Abrams will be running for the senate. (Gillum’s plans for the future aren’t known, but he is leading

a massive voter registration effort in his home state of Florida read more