Democrats Pick a New Face for State of the Union Response

Stacey Abrams

Fresh off her 2018 gubernatorial loss and ahead of a possible 2020 Senate bid, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams will be giving the party's response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address next week.

"At a moment when our nation needs to hear from leaders who can unite for a common objective, I am honored to be delivering the Democratic State of the Union response", Abrams tweeted Tuesday.

Abrams, an African-American, will speak during prime time shortly after Trump wraps up his address to a joint session of Congress next Tuesday.

The Senate minority leader had nothing but praise for the former minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, saying, "She is just a great spokesperson". "She's an incredible leader". Trump said he still meant to deliver the speech on the original date followed by Pelosi moving to deny him access to the House chamber.

Abrams, 45, emerged as a potent political star previous year when she almost won her race to became the nation's first female black governor - in the reliably Republican southern state of Georgia.

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The response is a rebuttal delivered by the opposing party.

Abrams was defeated by her Republican rival Brian Kemp with 48.8 percent of the vote in what was among the most hotly contested races in the 2018 midterm election. Catherine Cortez Masto. Abrams also met privately with presidential candidate Sen.

Abrams is the first black woman to win a major party nomination for governor.

"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", she said.

The address has usually been given by a member of Congress or a sitting governor, making Abrams an intriguing choice given that she doesn't now hold a political office.

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He said he called her three weeks ago to ask her.

After the fallout from the election settled, Abrams started voting rights initiative Fair Fight, which aims to fight voter disenfranchisement in Georgia and other states.

She gained a national following during her unsuccessful bid to become governor of Georgia last fall. State officials have until the end of the month to respond.

Abrams' campaign in Georgia attracted national buzz with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey coming to the state to campaign on her behalf.

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