Stacey Abrams Is Open To Being ‘Any’ Dem Nominee’s VP Choice
There’s an old adage in American politics, at least when it comes to the executive branch, that states “no one runs to be vice president.”
The sentiment is meant to imply that a person generally running for president in a party’s primary elections isn’t there to get second place, or to be considered for the eventual winner’s second-in-command position in the general election.
Stacey Abrams, a Democrat who nearly won the Georgia governorship in 2018, announced this week she will not be running for president. Rumors swelled, and people urged her to throw her hat in the ring, but she said it wasn’t for her.
Being the vice presidential nominee, however, has a nice ring to her, however.
When asked in an interview by the New York Times this week whether she might accept an invitation to run for vice president, she responded warmly to the idea.
NEW from me this AM: I spoke to Stacey Abrams last night abt her decision to not run for president. Whole Q&A is worth reading, but let's cut to the chase: now that she's officially not running herself, she can admit it: she's very open to the idea of VPhttps://t.co/vOUPIrjikO
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) August 14, 2019
“I’m certainly open to other political opportunities,” she initially said.
Pressed to elaborate, Abrams added, “I would be honored to be considered by any nominee.”
She also refused to endorse any of the current nominees for president.
Abrams made her announcement, that she wasn’t planning a presidential run and would put her focus elsewhere, on Tuesday, speaking before workers in Las Vegas, Nevada, about the issue, Politico reported. She explained she would be pushing on voter access to the polls, as well as turnout for 2020, instead. She also wanted to put a spotlight on the importance of involvement in the 2020 Census.
“There are only two things stopping us in 2020: That people have a reason to vote and that they have the right to vote,” she explained in her speech. “I’ve decided to leave it to a whole bunch of other people to make sure they have a reason to vote.”