Abrams to give Democratic response to SOTU, Schumer says

Abrams to give Democratic response to SOTU, Schumer says

Abrams to give Democratic response to SOTU, Schumer says

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate who narrowly lost the race for Georgia governor in 2018, will deliver the Democrats' rebuttal to President Trump's State of the Union address on February 5, according to two sources familiar with the decision.

"Stacey Abrams embodies the American Dream, and her powerful message of progress for all is deeply needed during this time for our country", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

"She is just a great spokesperson. She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else", Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters.

While she refused to call it a concession speech, Abrams ultimately admitted to her supporters that "the law now allows me no further viable remedy" to fight the results. Pelosi originally indefinitely postponed the address, which was supposed to occur Tuesday, because of the ongoing government shutdown. David Perdue, of Georgia, one of President Trump's closest allies on Capitol Hill.

Abrams, 45, emerged as a potent political star previous year when she almost won her race to became the nation's first female black governor - in the reliably Republican southern state of Georgia.

California Attorney General - and former House member - Xavier Becerra will deliver the Spanish-language response to the speech. Abrams eventually conceded, but blasted Kemp, who was secretary of state, for how he handled the election and said he pushed suppressed voter suppression efforts. Catherine Cortez Masto. Abrams also met privately with presidential candidate Sen.

The State of the Union response often serves as an audition of sorts for ambitious political figures looking to raise their profile.

He said he called her three weeks ago to ask her.

Abrams is the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor.

Stacey Abrams' gubernatorial bid in Georgia drew national attention. Since becoming governor, Kemp has proposed seeking a federal waiver to have more flexibility in spending funds, but Abrams has argued that Democrats should continue pushing expansion, "full stop". Abrams hasn't issued any official statement about her plans as of yet, but it is believed she wants to stay in state government where she would be better able to fight against gerrymandering and voter suppression.

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