Stacey Abrams may be best remembered for losing the Georgia gubernatorial race in 2018-Mostly because she refused to concede once she lost.
With race relations in the United States reaching a boiling point once again this election season, many are floating her as a potential running mate for Vice President Joe Biden.
Well, at least she is.
Abrams recently sat down for an interview with Judy Woodruff for PBS Newshour:
Finally, very quickly, Stacey Abrams, we know Joe Biden is considering you, among others, to be his vice presidential running mate.
Why are you the most qualified? You haven’t served in the Congress, in the Senate. You haven’t run a state. What is your answer to that?
My answer is that Joe Biden knows who the most qualified person for him to be his partner will be.
I have never espoused that I’m more qualified than anyone else. He has a surfeit of good opportunities and fantastic, smart, capable women.
I simply have said that, when asked if I am in that number, I would say yes. I have legislative experience. I have deep legislative experience and success on a number of these issues, criminal justice reform, environmental issues, reproductive health, health care, economics.
But I also am a small business owner who understands the economy that we have to reform and recover. I’m someone who has worked in foreign policy. And I understand the moment that we’re in, because I was once an activist who pushed for change. And I used that to propel me to help deliver that change once I was in office.
And I think, as he looks to select a partner, I think he has no shortage of good choices. And I’m proud to be among the names that he’s considering.
Abrams has been a darling in Democratic circles after loss in 2018, one that she largely blamed "voter suppression" as the cause of her defeat.
Of course, it could just be that she lost.
Still, Abram's has been devoting much of her time to her new organization, Fair Fight, meant to combat this supposed phenomenon.
This was the reason given by Abrams people toNBC, when stating that she would not be pursuing a State Senate seat, which became open at the end of last year:
Stacey Abrams on Wednesday ruled out a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Johnny Isakson, hours after the Georgia Republican announced he is resigning at the end of the year due to health problems.
"Our thoughts are with Senator Isakson and his family," her spokesman, Seth Bringman, said. "Leader Abrams’ focus will not change: She will lead voter protection efforts in key states across the country, and make sure Democrats are successful in Georgia in 2020."
Still, The Atlantic had reported that perhaps there was another reason for Abrams opting out of any state government position:
...Abrams didn’t entirely close the door on seeking elected office: On Wednesday, she told The New York Times that she was still open to being “considered by any nominee” for the vice-president slot—even though earlier in the year she had shot down the suggestion of playing second fiddle to former Vice President Joe Biden. As Democrats face the potential of another bout of voter suppression in 2020, having Abrams at the top of the ticket raises the possibility that voting rights will be elevated from something of an afterthought to a central issue on the campaign trail.
And it appears that many on the left would welcome her inclusion on the ticket this time around:
The criteria for Joe Biden's running mate are simple.
Race. And gender.
Political acumen be damned.
Who cares if this person is ready to be President, should something happen.
So why not Stacey Abrams?
She's a great choice, just ask her.