Key Words: Stacey Abrams won’t be Biden’s out-of-the-gate running mate


Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams was selected to give the Democratic Party response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in February.

‘I don’t think you run in a primary for second place.’

Stacey Abrams

That’s Democrat Stacey Abrams putting to rest on Wednesday speculation that she’d be the out-of-the-gate running mate on a ticket led by Joe Biden.

Biden allies had floated the notion that the former vice president and six-term senator could, by announcing Abrams as his vice-presidential candidate concurrent with his declaration of his candidacy, counterbalance such perceived negatives as his being a white septuagenarian criticized by some for his leadership in 1991 of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings on the Clarence Thomas nomination to the Supreme Court.

Biden has yet to declare an intention to compete for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination.

Abrams, in a conversation with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, said she had not ruled out running for president herself, while also considering a run for the U.S. Senate from her home state, Georgia, where she lost to Brian Kemp in a tightly contested and controversy-shrouded race for the governorship last November. She was later tapped to deliver the Democratic Party’s official response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address in February.

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