Stacey Abrams Says She ‘Absolutely’ Plans to Run for President
Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and superstar voting rights activist from Georgia, said over the weekend that she fully intends to run for president in the years to come.
Abrams, who has maintained that the GOP’s voter suppression tactics cost her her 2018 bid for governor, shared her aspiration in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, which will air on Sunday.
“Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely,” Abrams explained to correspondent Erin Moriarty. “And even more importantly, when someone asks me if that’s my ambition, I have a responsibility to say ‘Yes,’ for every young woman, every person of color, who sees me and decides what they’re capable of based on what I think I am capable of. It’s about, you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of.”
Abrams also blasted Republicans for their embrace of former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” about voter fraud in the 2020 election and for passing Jim Crow-esque ballot restrictions in states across the country.
“They’ve had the luxury of not having to think about it,” she said. “They have had the luxury of simply seeing voting laws as ways to win, but when you’ve experienced those or when you’ve had to fight against those, or when you’ve given it more than a few moments thought, when you strip away the hyperbole or the pretences and you go to the direct connective tissue of it, absolutely, that’ what’s being said. In every state capitol where they use the big lie to justify that behavior.”