Apr 15, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Stacey Abrams: "I would be an excellent running mate"

Stacey Abrams
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Stacey Abrams told Elle she would be "honored" to be Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, arguing that she has "the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities."

Flashback: Biden advisers pondered packaging his campaign announcement last year with a pledge to choose Abrams as his running mate, as Axios' Mike Allen reported, and the former vice president has since committed to choosing a woman for the slot.

What she said:

"I would be an excellent running mate. I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities. 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."

The state of play: The former Georgia gubernatorial candidate ruled out her own presidential run last year, instead deciding to focus on voting rights.

  • She has since become one of the most sought after surrogates for the party's 2020 contenders.
  • Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who endorsed Biden's campaign, said last month that he would like to see Biden pick an African American woman to be his running mate.
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