Now that Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, he’s going to need to select a running mate to help him defeat President Donald Trump.
One could argue that no one is making a bigger push to be Biden’s running mate than Stacey Abrams.
Abrams is the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded the election from 2018 and claims she lost by more than 50,000 votes because of “voter suppression.”
Abrams has made it more than clear countless times that she would accept an offer to join Biden as his running mate.
Abrams told host podcast host Trymaine Lee that “it is an honor to be included among so many smart, capable, effective leaders,” and laid out her plan for how Democrats can take the White House and experience nationwide victory in down-ballot races.
According to Abrams, “A woman of color can help Vice President Biden turn out voters that he needs who currently do not trust the leadership they see in Washington today.” She listed states that should be targeted as well.
In 2016, then-candidate Donald Trump won Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
Making her pitch to Team Biden, Abrams says she wants to put these states back into play for the Democratic Party — implying that she could help accomplish this goal.
She said her “ambition is not a seat” but “the work” and implied she can help Biden carry Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan by helping turn out black in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Detroit, respectively.
“Voters of color, and particularly black women, have been loyal to the Democratic Party,” Abrams said. “And I would say that if we want to win Michigan, and Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania, of course it’s critical that we have large turnout. But that turnout is going to specifically have to be in Detroit, and Milwaukee, and Philadelphia.”
Abrams also argued that she can help Democrats expand the Electoral map and make more gains in Congress in the 2022 election cycle.
“But we also have to expand the map to the Sun Belt states. We have to win Phoenix, and we have to win Atlanta. We need to win in Durham if we want to pick up the Senate,” Abrams continued. “We need to also start thinking about the next wave of elections, the midterms that follow 2020, and the elections after that. And my hope is that they will take into consideration the concerns of communities of color and that whatever decision they make, the choice they make for running mate, it will reflect, and answer to, and respond to the concerns.”
Ultimately, Abrams said “having a woman of color can be an incredibly useful responsibility because a woman of color can help Vice President Biden turn out voters that he needs who currently do not trust the leadership they see in Washington today.”
Last month, Abrams said she would be “honored” to be selected by Biden saying she “would be an excellent running mate.”
Stacey Abrams says she is qualified to be Vice President and potentially POTUS b/c she has "spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy" https://t.co/lJ3c2TVWnD
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) April 15, 2020