Abrams still waiting for call from Joe Biden
Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia gubernatorial candidate says she has not received any calls from the Biden campaign about vetting her as a potential vice-presidential pick.
Abrams appeared on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert this week and was asked if she could confirm or deny rumors that she was being considered as Joe Biden’s running mate.
“I have said many times that if called I will answer, but I have not received any calls,” Abrams said.
Abrams has been one of the most outspoken possible running mates and at times even appears to be campaigning for the number two slot.
“A lot of times, possible vice-presidential running mates are demure when they’re asked the question,” Colbert said. “Why do you not demure as people do in the past?”
It comes down to race for Abrams who said she she’s typically asked about her qualifications to be vice-president due to being African American.
“I know that when I’m asked the question are you qualified, can you do this, that I’m not just answering for myself,” she answered. “I’m being asked the question because I don’t look like what people usually look like when they’re considered for these jobs.”
In August, Abrams said she would be honored to be considered as a vice-presidential pick for any Democrat nominee.
“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,” said Abram. “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 lost the governor’s seat to Republican Brian Kemp in 2018. She never conceded the race, however, accusing Kemp who was then serving as Secretary of State of voter suppression.
“I did win my election. I just didn’t get to have the job. 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 said.
Biden has already publicly stated that he will select a woman as his vice-presidential pick. With the recent racial tensions in the country, many political strategists believe he was now select an African American woman. California Senator Kamala Harris is another possibility.
The Biden campaign has not given any indication to who the top choices may be.
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