July 19, 2024

Stacey Abrams confirms she’d consider being VP: ‘I will not diminish my ambition’

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Stacey Abrams continues to make major political moves. (Getty Images,Joe Raedle )

For months there has been speculation about whether Democratic party rising star, Stacey Abrams, would consider sharing a ballot with whoever wins the primaries, and now we finally have an official answer.

Back in March, the recent Georgia gubernatorial candidate made news after it was reported that she and former Vice President Joe Biden had met privately to discuss their future political plans.

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According to the Washington Post, during a recent appearance on the “Cape UP”, podcast Abrams was directly asked whether she would consider being the vice-presidential nominee. To which she very simply responded “Yes,” before then acknowledging the “very weird position” of having to speak so candidly about her ambitions.

“I’m a black woman who’s in a conversation about possibly being second in command to the leader of the free world and I will not diminish my ambition or the ambition of any other women of color by saying that’s not something I’d be willing to do,” Abrams said.

She also spoke extensively about efforts in states like Georgia to suppress the vote, which includes tactics like purging voters who haven’t exercised their right to vote.

“I like to remind people the fact that I didn’t go shooting on Saturday doesn’t mean I’ve lost my Second Amendment rights. And the fact that I didn’t go to church on Sunday doesn’t mean I’ve lost my right to freedom of religion,” she noted. “The right to vote is the only right in America that you can lose simply for not using it.”

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“The challenge of voter suppression is it not only blocks you from voting, [but also] it convinces you it’s not worth trying. And typically it doesn’t just infect one person, it infects community,” Abrams continued. “The second problem is the sort of user error way that voter suppression works. You start to think it’s your fault.”


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