/Stacey Abrams takes a gentle dig at the number of Dems running for president

Stacey Abrams takes a gentle dig at the number of Dems running for president

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams has kept the door open to a potential 2020 run, which would make her the 24th major Democratic candidate in the race. | Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Stacey Abrams is still playing coy about her plans for the 2020 election, but she took a gentle dig at the size of the Democratic field on Wednesday.

In an address to liberal think tank Center for American Progress, Abrams asserted that in addition to addressing issues like climate change and access to health care, legislation aimed at restricting access to abortion is “not the will of the people.”

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Abrams said that the reason “we still grapple with” those issues was “because leaders are being elected who not only reject science but reject the will of the people they were elected to represent.”

“But I’m here to tell you there’s a solution,” she went on. “It is not, however, having everyone in America running for president — but that is also not an announcement.”

Though Abrams has turned down overtures from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to run for Senate next year, the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee from Georgia has kept the door open for a run for president, which would make her the 24th major Democratic candidate in the race.

She’s also expressed interest in a rematch against GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022, but if she’s made up her mind, she’s not letting on either way.

Abrams has recently said that she could still become one of the many Democrats running for president as late as this fall, but she has also been grouped in with a handful of presidential hopefuls who disappointed some by foregoing a Senate run.

Since her loss in the Georgia gubernatorial race by a razor thin margin last fall, which she blames on voter suppression by Kemp, who ran the state’s elections, Abrams has made the issue the focus of her political advocacy. On Wednesday she issued a call to action action for every 2020 Democrat, taking yet another swipe at the bloated primary field.

“Whether we have 23, 24, 25 or 150 candidates for president, we should demand from every single person an adherence to the values we hold to be true: They must speak about voter suppression every day until every person who is legally entitled to vote has the right to vote in the United States of America,” she said.

“But they must also be willing to look every voter in the eye and say, ‘I see you. I understand your challenges. I see the barriers you face and I am willing to tackle those obstacles, not through vague language and not through opprobrium. But through action. Through policy. And through determination.’ Because when we see our voters and we give them their voices we will see the change we need in America and we will survive for another generation.”

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