Joe Biden And Stacey Abrams Add Fuel To 2020 Speculation With Meeting About 'Future Plans'
Will the two politicians join forces to form an unbeatable ticket?
Stacey Abrams and Joe Biden reportedly met this week.
According to Governing, former Vice President Joe Biden's office confirmed he met with Stacey Abrams on Thursday to discuss "future plans." Biden is widely believed to be preparing a run for president. Abrams has been considered as a possible presidential contender, as well; she also could be mulling a 2020 U.S. Senate run.
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Abrams scored an endorsement from the former vice president during her historic run for governor in Georgia. Biden had even planned to join her for an appearance before the trip was canceled.
I am honored to have the endorsement of Vice President @JoeBiden, whose decades of service to our nation has helped shape brighter futures for countless Americans. I look forward to working alongside him to ensure every GA family has the freedom and opportunity to thrive. #gapol pic.twitter.com/fb6bdu2ej6— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) June 20, 2018
Abrams has remained in the hearts and minds of many voters nationwide after narrowly losing an election many of her supporters believe was stolen from her. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp oversaw the election as secretary of state, and as Blavity reported, allegations of misconduct in that election are now being investigated at the federal level.
The Hill reports the meeting has some analysts speculating Biden would like to launch his campaign with Abrams as his running mate.
While both are Democrats, the two politicians have very different bases and together could broadly appeal to Democratic voters young and old. A 76-year-old political veteran, Biden is more conservative than many 2020 frontrunners; Abrams, on the other hand, has a platform very much in line with the next generation of Democrats.
Biden is not the only Democratic candidate to have met with Abrams. The former state majority leader has also taken meetings with candidates Sen. Cory Booker (NJ), Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Abrams has until April to announce if she will seek a seat in the Senate, will remain in discussions about a possible vice presidential position, will run for president or if she will wait for a rematch against Kemp.
"The Senate is different [than running for governor ]... but it is an extraordinary platform for having conversations," Abrams told a crowd after her Biden meeting, according to ABC's Adam Kelsey. "I need to decide if that’s the highest and best use of what I want to do."
When asked at the same function about a possible presidential run, Abrams said she felt it was fair for her to consider it, particularly given her name has been mentioned and she feels people who look like her are rarely given serious consideration in such discussions.
"I have much to offer," she said.
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