Stacey Abrams says she plans to run for president, but would accept VP slot

Failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has some very big career plans.

The almost-governor of Georgia told the hosts of The View on Monday that she would like to run for president someday, but is also willing to serve where needed, the Washington Examiner reported.

The Democrat has also confidently gone a step further and predicted that she intends to occupy the Oval Office in the future. “I want to do good, and there is no stronger platform than president of the United States, and that’s a position I want to one day hold,” she said.

Stacey Abrams’ Oval Office aspirations

Ever since losing, then refusing to concede Georgia’s gubernatorial race to Brian Kemp in 2018, Abrams has been dogged by speculation of higher ambitions. Suffice it to say that Abrams knows exactly what she wants, and she’s confident she’ll get it. The Democrat told FiveThirtyEight last year that she has a “plan” to be president by 2040, boldly predicting an election outcome more than two decades out.

“That’s my plan, and I’m very pragmatic,” she said.

Speaking with the ladies of The View, Abrams responded to gossip about her presidential or vice presidential hopes as the 2020 race heats up. Abrams was clear that she is not writing off any presidential ambitions in the long-term:

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.

Change of heart

Abrams also said that she had come around to the idea of running for vice president in 2020, after previously dismissing any plans during a March appearance on The View to run for “second place,” National Review notes. Without naming names, Abrams signaled that she would gladly be the eventual Democratic nominee’s running mate.

“The first time I was on here, I got the question about running as VP during the primary, and I, apparently famously, said ‘No,’ because you don’t run for second in a primary. I’m not getting that question a lot from folks, and the answer is, of course I would be honored to run for vice president with the nominee,” said Abrams.

The former Georgia state legislator was floated as a possible VP pick for Joe Biden last year, long before the reality had set in that Biden was not a viable frontrunner. Abrams declined to endorse any Democrat in the admittedly very fluid race, which has seen Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) break out to the front of the pack.

Dems ditch diversity?

The top contenders have not revealed their potential running mates yet, but the issue of hammering out a “diverse” ticket has grown more urgent for Democrats as the field narrows to a handful of white, particularly male, candidates for president. Abrams previously told FiveThirtyEight that she accepts that she plays a “very specific” role in the political discourse when asked about interest in her candidacy as a way to “balance out” a white ticket. She reiterated that the politics of identity had put her in an odd spot.

“It seems really obnoxious for me to say that out loud since no one has asked me,” Abrams said. “The issue is, as a woman of color, especially as a black woman, this is an unusual position to be in.”

Progressives have criticized party leadership for changing the qualifying rules for the debates to let Mike Bloomberg — a billionaire white male — participate. Ironically, Abrams defended Bloomberg — whom progressives have accused of trying to buy the presidency — by saying, “I don’t think it’s disqualifying for anyone to invest in fixing America.”

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