Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of Union
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 31, 2019,
Jan 31, 2019, 6:20
In a statement shared to Twitter, Abrams said of her planned speech: "At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common objective, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response".
Abrams drew national attention as the Democratic nominee for Georgia governor in a contested race against Brian Kemp.
The president will give his annual speech on February 5 before a joint session of Congress, after it was postponed because of the partial government shutdown.
'She is just a great spokesperson. She is an incredible leader.
Abrams has started a voting-rights advocacy group but is also considering her own political future and looking to help other Democrats.
Abrams confirmed the news in a tweet and added in a statement released by Schumer and Pelosi. His speech was delayed by a week due to the government shutdown. The State of the Union response will give her yet another national boost, coincidentally at a time when many Democrats are seriously eyeing their 2020 presidential prospects. David Perdue, who is up for re-election in 2020.
Abrams, 45, emerged as a potent political star a year ago when she almost won her race to became the nation's first female black governor - in the reliably Republican southern state of Georgia. "One, I need to run for office because I'm the best person for the job, not simply because there's a job that's open", Abrams said.
The address has usually been given by a member of Congress or a sitting governor, making Abrams an intriguing choice given that she doesn't now hold a political office.
She said she has given herself until the end of March to make a decision.
It was the first known time that a speaker had rescinded an invitation to deliver the State of the Union.
Abrams challenged the initial results, sharply accusing Kemp of deliberately suppressing thousands of votes.
Abrams has refused to concede defeat in the governor's race and has since announced a new voting rights organization, Fair Fight Georgia, that has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia elections officials for allegedly mismanaging the 2018 election. Abrams held out after Election Day, hoping that absentee and provisional ballots could push her to a runoff, but in an impassioned speech 10 days later, she admitted there wasn't a path to victory but underscored this wasn't a concession from her.