Stacy Abrams is making it clear she is very much interested in being Joe Biden’s running mate.
Abrams is currently in the top 5 in the betting market of PredictIt.
Los Angeles Times reports potential vice presidential picks typically act coy when asked about their political ambitions, demurely expressing their honor at even being considered while saying they remain focused on their day job. Not Stacey Abrams.
“I would be an excellent running mate,” the Georgia Democrat told Elle magazine, before explaining why her biography and ability to attract a broad band of voters make her an ideal partner for Joe Biden. “If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”
Earlier this year, Abrams said it would be wrong to engage in a pretense about her goals.
“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,’” she said when asked about being a vice presidential candidate on ABC’s “The View” in February. “Of course I want it. Of course I want to serve America. Of course I want to be a patriot and do this work.”
That was shortly after she told the politics and sports data website FiveThirtyEight that she expected to be elected president within the next 20 years.
Abrams’ rivals for the vice presidential spot have an edge because they are mostly elected officials, well known for their past experiences, their unsuccessful presidential campaigns or their leading role in the coronavirus crisis.
Abrams, 46, doesn’t command their platforms. But she is a Democrat popular with her party’s establishment and its grass roots, and a prodigious fundraiser. She has also never been shy about her political ambitions. At 18, she predicted she would be elected governor of Georgia one day, and in 2018, she came very close.
The state last elected a Democratic governor in 1998. Abrams lost the job by about 50,000 votes to Republican Brian Kemp in an election that she and her supporters argue was marred by voting irregularities. Kemp was the secretary of state when he was on the ballot, overseeing an election when questions were raised about large numbers of voters being declared ineligible or having their registrations delayed.
Many Americans know Abrams because of that near-win, which generated an enormous amount of enthusiasm among Democrats. Her bid drew the support of former President Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey. The attention brought her national prominence.
Since then, Abrams has worked to fight voter disenfranchisement, and she was selected in 2019 to deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address.
All of this resulted in her inclusion on Biden’s short list of running mates. The former vice president has committed to picking a woman and is facing pressure from party insiders to select a minority.