Stacey Abrams is hoping to be the next vice president of the United States. The former Georgia gubernatorial candidate expressed her interest in an interview with Elle, saying she would be honored if Joe Biden chose her as his running mate.
"I have the capacity to attract voters by motivating typically ignored communities," Abrams said. "I have a strong history of executive and management experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. I've spent 25 years in independent study of foreign policy. I am ready to help advance an agenda of restoring America's place in the world. If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve."
According to CNN, Biden has expressed his intention to choose a woman as his running mate. The former vice president has mentioned Abrams as a possible candidate.
Abrams has proven herself a trailblazer. The 46-year-old is the first woman to lead a political party in Georgia’s General Assembly and the first African American to lead the Georgia House of Representatives, Elle reported.
She also tried to become the first Black female governor, but she was unsuccessful in her 2018 campaign. Despite coming up short in her efforts, Abrams said, “I’ve learned that failure is not permanent.”
“My responsibility is to not let failure dissuade me from my core obligations," she told Elle. "Sometimes we pursue a challenge thinking it is about our victory, but we don’t know the true purpose until later. Not becoming governor of one state gave me the opportunity to launch a national network in 20 states [to fight for fair elections]."
The former Georgia state House minority leader has expressed skepticism about her loss to Republican Brian Kemp, calling it a "stolen election." Abrams said the election was overseen by Kemp, who was Georgia's secretary of state during the election.
Abrams is now focusing on her national program, Fair Fight 2020, which is designed to increase Democratic voter turnout. With the ups and downs she has faced and the experience she has gained, Abrams believes that she is prepared to be the next vice president.
"I am very self-aware, and I know that my résumé ... is usually reduced to 'She didn't become the governor of Georgia.' But it is important to understand all the things I did to prepare for that contest," she said. "That campaign was not a whim. It was the outcome of decades of deliberate work building my capacity to serve as many people as I could, in the most effective way possible."
Abrams described Biden as somebody with a “truly sincere sense of humor.”
“When you’re in politics, you learn the difference between those who simply tolerate others and those who genuinely love people,” she said. “As an introvert, I find it fascinating. His charming gregariousness isn’t just an affect.”
The Spelman College graduate said she is especially focused on helping the communities that are most impacted by the coronavirus at this time.
“Many Americans are now experiencing what poor communities live with daily. We have communities perennially facing lower wages, higher poverty, lack of access to health care, and lack of access to child care," she told the magazine. "Shift workers, low-wage workers, agrarian workers, and service workers are now being pushed over the edge.”
Abrams said “we must be intentional about identifying these challenges and concrete about naming and pursuing the solutions. These issues aren’t ancillary. They are central to who we are. The poor deserve expanded and deepened support."
The former Democratic gubernatorial candidate has also expressed her interest in becoming president in the next 20 years, as Blavity previously reported.
"That's my plan," Abrams said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight. "And I am very pragmatic."
According to CNN, Biden has expressed interest in several possible running mates, including Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, California Sen. Kamala Harris and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Other possible choices include New Hampshire Sen. Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
"My responsibility is to be ready to do the job — to have the core capacities that are embedded in the role. I am able to stand effectively as a partner, to execute a vision, and to serve the vision of the president," Abrams said.