Stacey Abrams to Deliver Dem Response to State of the Union

Leroy Wright
January 30, 2019

Even as she belatedly conceded her loss, she said "democracy failed" her state.

Abrams confirmed the news on Twitter, saying, "At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common objective, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response".

Since the election, which she attempted to challenge in court, she has attracted a major following among liberals, fuelling speculation that she may run against Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue in 2020.

Abrams responded on Twitter she was "delighted" to have been chosen by Congressional leaders to respond.

The Senate leader has also been wooing Abrams to join the upper chamber by running for Senate next year.

"It is my great honor to accept", Trump said in a letter to Pelosi. The set date came after the White House and Democrat leaders hashed out a deal to re-open the government until February 15. After a week-long tussle up and down both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue, Trump agreed to wait.

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The State of the Union was originally scheduled for January 29, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi notified President Trump earlier this month that because of the partial government shutdown (which at that point was in its 26th day), proper and secure arrangements would not be able to be made in time.

Her name is being floated as a challenger to Republican Sen.

The response is a tradition undertaken by a representative of the president's opposing party, who gives a speech immediately after the State of the Union to rebut claims made in his address.

Abrams' travel and meeting schedule in recent weeks shows how hotly Democrats have pursued her as their top choice for the Georgia Senate seat.

Abrams's political future is the source of much speculation.

A group backed by Abrams filed a federal lawsuit this month saying Georgia deprived many low-income people and minorities of their voting rights with Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp overseeing the 2018 election. Abrams hasn't issued any official statement about her plans as of yet, but it is believed she wants to stay in state government where she would be better able to fight against gerrymandering and voter suppression.

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