Stacey Abrams

2020 candidate Seth Moulton: Abrams' loss shows U.S. racism is systemic

 Congressman Seth Moulton addresses the crowd during a Stand With Planned Parenthood rally at the Boston Common in Boston, Mass. on March 4, 2017.
Democratic presidential candidate Seth Moulton. Photo: Craig F. Walker/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) told a CNN town hall Sunday the U.S. needs a new Voting Rights Act to dismantle systemic racism in the country.

QuoteWe have a problem with racism in America today. If this country wasn't racist, Stacey Abrams would be governor."

O'Rourke on voting rights: "We will put Stacey Abrams in charge"

This image is a split-screen of Beto O'Rourke and Stacey Abrams. Stacey walks across a stage and waves as Beto talks into a microphone.
O'Rourke and Abrams. Photos: Stephen Lam/Getty Images and Drew Angerer/Getty Images.

Beto O'Rourke told supporters at a Fort Worth rally on Friday that he would put former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams in charge of voting rights initiatives if he were elected president, CBS reports.

Driving the news: Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has fielded offers from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and former Vice President Joe Biden for respective Senate and 2020 White House runs. O'Rourke reportedly said at the rally he spoke with Abrams on the phone "to thank her for all the work that she's doing on voting rights."