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Stacey Abrams: I'm Open to Being Nominee's VP

'I would be honored to be considered by any nominee'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 14, 2019 1:25 PM CDT
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaks during the National Action Network Convention in New York, Wednesday, April 3, 2019.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Stacey Abrams may have decided to focus her efforts on voter protection rather than running for president—but that doesn't mean she's completely shutting down the idea of entering the 2020 fray. "I would be honored to be considered by any nominee" for the position of vice president, she tells the New York Times in an interview about her decision to launch Fair Fight 2020, which aims to combat voter suppression and make sure next year's election is "free, fair, and secure." Abrams says that after much consideration, she decided "the strongest contribution I can give to this primary would be to make sure our nominee is coming into an environment where there’s strong voter protections in place." Asked by the Times whether she plans to endorse any particular candidate during the primaries, she said she does not foresee doing so.

Abrams, who came close to being elected governor of Georgia last year, says she is open to other political opportunities, but that she declined to run for Senate in Georgia in 2020 "because I do not want to serve in the Senate. I think that there are people who are running who are the right people for that job. And I’m going to do my best to ensure that they can become the senator from Georgia. And that means fighting voter suppression. That means making sure that we are learning things from our 2018 campaign." Her regret from that campaign "is that we could not stop [Brian Kemp] from bastardizing this whole process, from denying the franchise to those who had earned it by being Americans and tried to use their right to vote to set the course of their futures. And I will always be deeply, deeply hurt that we live in a nation that permitted that to happen." (See the full interview.)

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