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Stacy Abrams Says She Would Accept VP Position in 2020 Race

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By Brooks Brown

Since her controversial and widely-publicized loss to Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams is now focusing on the issue of voter suppression directly with an open mind to a political position on the national stage.

On Monday, she told hosts of ABC’s “The View” that she sees herself running for president someday but for the 2020 cycle, she "would be honored" to run for vice president with whoever the Democratic nominee is.

"Why should we not want someone to have the power to fix the problems and the brokenness that we have?" Abrams told the hosts of the show.

Hosts of The View talk show in undated photo
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"I want to do good, and there is no stronger platform than the president of the United States. And that's a position I want to one day hold," Abrams said.

“The first time I was on here I got the question about running as VP during the primary, and I very, apparently famously said, ‘no, because you don't run for second in a primary," she continued.

“However, because that conversation started, I’m now getting the question a lot from folks and the answer is, of course, I would be honored to run as vice president with the nominee.”

Stacey Abrams
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Abrams said as a black woman, she’s in an “unusual position” of being considered the possible next vice president.

“It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition, every child who wants to think beyond their known space for me to say no, or to pretend oh no, I don't want it,” Abrams said. “Of course I want it. Of course I want to serve America, of course I want to be a patriot.”

Asked again if she wants to run for president one day, Abrams said, “absolutely.”

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“I want to do good, and there is no stronger platform than president of the United States, and that's a position I want to one day hold,” she told the show's hosts, Joy Behar , Sunny Hostin and Meghan McCain

Abrams said she doesn’t plan on endorsing any of the primary candidates for the 2020 election. She says her focus remains on making sure all eligible voters can vote though her organization Fair Fight 2020.

The organization's purpose is to promote fair elections around the country, encourage voter participation in elections, and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.

Stacey Abrams during her 2018 gubernatorial race in Georgia
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Abrams was the first African-American female major-party gubernatorial nominee of the United States. In February 2019, she became the first African-American woman to deliver a response to the State of the Union address.

Additionally, she is a lawyer, and author who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2006 to 2017, and served as minority leader from 2011 to 2017.

In related news, this week a federal judge in Atlanta ruled against Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in a lawsuit filed against him in 2018 while he was still Secretary of State. According to the suit, Kemp, in his role as secretary of state, was accused of using a racially-biased methodology for removing as many as 700,000 legitimate voters from the state's voter rolls during a period between 2016 and 2018.

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