Stacey Abrams: Turning Down VP Offer ‘Would Be A Disservice To Every Woman Of Color’
Stacey Abrams, who ran unsuccessfully but nearly won the governorship as a Democrat in the state of Georgia in 2018, is widely considered by many to be on the short-list for vice president, no matter who the eventual nominee may end up being.
Abrams, while speaking in an interview with The View on Tuesday, was asked about recent comments she’s made in which she said she wants to be vice president — and someday, possibly even the commander-in-chief.
“A lot of people want to see you on that ticket,” host Whoopi Goldberg said. “You’ve said any Democratic candidate can come and talk to you about being VP — explain to people why you say this.”
Abrams obliged. “I’m getting the question a lot from folks,” she said. “And the answer is, of course I’d be honored to run for vice president with the nominee.”
The Georgia Democrat admitted that she felt it was somewhat “obnoxious” to be talking about the issue, as no one has actually come out and asked her yet to run with them. Yet, she also explained why she was so forthright with her answer:
Stacey Abrams "would be honored to run for vice president with the nominee" if asked.
"It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition…for me to say no," she adds. "Of course I want it—of course I want to serve America." https://t.co/2AyZvIkd0C pic.twitter.com/TP26QaRPKk
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“What I want people to understand is that, the issue is, as a woman of color, especially a black woman, this is an unusual position to be in, for somebody to be considered possibly the next vice president,” Abrams explained. “It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition…for me to say no, or to pretend, ‘Oh no, I don’t want it.'”
“Of course I want it. Of course I want to serve America. Of course I want to be a patriot,” she added.
Abrams added that she could see herself running for president one day, too, adding that her ambitions shouldn’t be mocked.
Adding Abrams to the Democratic presidential ticket is something many in the party would like to see happen, for a number of reasons. As already mentioned, she came incredibly close to winning the “red” state of Georgia, which could put that state in play in November.
She also has tremendous name recognition. In a poll conducted last spring, 40 percent of voters said they knew of Abrams when asked about her — giving her greater name recognition, at the time, than a number of presidential candidates, including Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro.
Around that time, rumors abounded that former Vice President Joe Biden, himself also a candidate for president for this year’s election season, was considering Abrams as someone who could potentially join his ticket, should he receive the party’s nomination to take on President Donald Trump in the general election.