Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of the Union

Stacey Abrams to give Democrats’ response to State of the Union 

Posted: 2:59 pm Tuesday, January 29th, 2019

By Jamie Dupree

With talk of a possible bid for the U.S. Senate in 2020, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams has been tapped by Democratic leaders in Congress to give the response to next week’s State of the Union Address by President Donald Trump, as Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer said Abrams would be a welcome messenger for the party next Tuesday night on February 5.

“I was very delighted when she agreed,” Schumer told reporters just off the Senate floor on Tuesday afternoon. “She is just a great spokesperson, she is an incredible leader.”

Abrams rose to national prominence in 2018 with her failed bid to win the race for Governor in Georgia, as a post-election vote fight netted her even more attention and support from national Democrats and party leaders.

“She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else,” Schumer added.

In a statement issued by Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Abrams said she was honored to be chosen.

“I plan to deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard,” Abrams said.

President Trump was originally scheduled to give the State of the Union on January 29, but that was delayed in the fight over the partial government shutdown.

Schumer said he had spoken to Abrams some three weeks ago about doing the response – an often thankless job which is usually remembered only for miscues – and that Abrams had accepted.

Democrats in Congress praised the choice.

“I couldn’t imagine someone better to respond to President Trump’s State of the Union next week,” said Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), who labeled Abrams a “principled, tough, progressive Democrat.”

“Can’t wait to hear some truth from my sister @staceyabrams!” tweeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

“Well, at least I’m excited to listen to one speech on February 5,” said Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).

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