Stacey Abrams never did win her race to be Georgia’s governor, but the Democrat isn’t letting a little thing like reality get in the way of her ambitions.
Abrams has said that she “plans” on being the president of the United States within twenty years. But before that time comes, she would gladly be someone’s vice president in 2020, Abrams told The View.
“It would be doing a disservice to every woman of color, every woman of ambition, every child who wants to think beyond their known space for me to say no or to pretend, ‘Oh, no, I don’t want it,'” she said, according to The Hill. “Of course I want it. Of course, I want to serve America. Of course, I want to be a patriot and do this work.”
Stacey Abrams responds to VP speculation
Abrams shot to fame after almost winning a governor race against Brian Kemp in 2018 and then refusing to concede, citing “voter suppression.” In what must be one of the most impressive cases of failing upwards in recent political history, the former Georgia state representative has since become a national Democratic star who routinely gets asked about running for president.
The Democrat said that she would gladly enter the 2020 race as a running mate. The only problem is that no one has asked her to…yet. Abrams acknowledged that it looks “obnoxious” to talk publicly about an offer she hasn’t received, but she would “of course” accept one.
“The first time I was on here, I got the question about running as V.P. during the primary and I, apparently famously, said ‘No,’ because you don’t run for second in a primary,” she said. “However, because that conversation started, I’m now getting the question a lot from folks and the answer is, of course, I would be honored to run as vice president with the nominee.”
“Absolutely” wants to be president
Looking beyond the vice presidency, the Democrat said that she “absolutely” plans to run for president one day to “do good” for the country, comparing herself to someone working in a mailroom who dreams of being the CEO of a company. She has said that her “plan” is to be elected president by 2040.
“When someone starts off in the mailroom and says ‘I wanna be CEO,’ we never say, ‘Oh my gosh that’s too much ambition,’ why should we not want someone to have the power to fix the problems and the brokenness that we have? I want to do good and there’s no stronger platform than president of the United States and that’s a position I want to one day hold.”
Defends Bloomberg spending
Abrams did not endorse any Democrats currently running, saying she wants to focus on battling “voter suppression” through a group she established called Fair Fight 2020. The group’s political action committee (PAC) has been funded by none other than Mike Bloomberg, whose dark horse bid for the presidency is showing signs of taking flight.
The Democrat defended Bloomberg against accusations from progressives, including his rival Bernie Sanders (I-VT), that Bloomberg is trying to buy the election with his billions. Her rationale was that “for once we actually know where the money is coming from” and that pouring millions of dollars of one’s personal fortune into a campaign is just like having a cute dog or a charming personality.
“Every person is allowed to run and should run the race that they think they should run, and Mike Bloomberg has chosen to use his finances. Other people are using their dog, their charisma, their whatever,” she said. “I think it’s an appropriate question to raise. But I don’t think it’s disqualifying for anyone to invest in fixing America.”
We can’t say she doesn’t have confidence.