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Biden says Stacey Abrams 'can be anything' she wantsincluding president

Published by Business Insider on Sat, 01 May 2021


<p><img src="https://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5ff5e3d4d184b30018aad467-2400/GettyImages-1229690071.jpg" border="0" alt="Abrams" data-mce-source="The Washington Post/Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>President Joe Biden on Thursday praised former Georgia state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, saying she could be president one day amid speculation that she will enter the state's 2022 gubernatorial race.</p><p>Biden, <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/joe-biden-wins-georgia-democratic-party-south-presidential-election-2020-11">who won Georgia</a> in last year's presidential election, commemorated his 100th day in office at a drive-in car rally in suburban Atlanta, where he kicked off the White House's "Getting America Back on Track" tour <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-wants-pay-for-spending-with-new-taxes-rich-corporations-2021-4">to boost</a> his roughly $4 trillion infrastructure and social safety net spending plans.</p><p>During his remarks, the president <a href="https://twitter.com/AndrewSolender/status/1387897674309984256">thanked</a> Abrams for her voting rights activism, saying that she was "empowering people to vote and to make their voices heard."</p><p>"Stacey Abrams can be anything she wants to be, from whatever she chooses to president," he said.</p><p>He added: "You've been amazing."</p><p>In her remarks, Abrams praised the administration's "100 days of greatness."</p><p>"We've got a 100 days behind us, but we've got a long way to go," she said.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Biden: "Stacey Abrams, she can be anything she wants to be, from whatever she chooses to president." <a href="https://t.co/6izSFQNHBD">pic.twitter.com/6izSFQNHBD</a></p> Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1387897674309984256'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 29, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p><strong><em>Read more: </em></strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/peter-meijer-trump-impeachment-michigan-house-republican-profile-2021-4"><em>This millennial GOP congressman voted to impeach Trump. Now he's trying to save his party from going off a cliff.</em></a></p><p>Biden had kind words for Georgia voters, along with Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who played a major role in the passage of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that he signed into law in March.</p><p>"We owe a special thanks to the people of Georgia," he said. "Because of you, the rest of America was able to get help. The American Rescue Plan would not have passed. So much have we gotten done, like getting checks to people, probably would not have happened, so, if you ever wonder if elections make a difference, just remember what you did here in Georgia ... You changed America."</p><p>Georgia was one of the hardest-fought states in last year's presidential election; former President Donald Trump's statewide loss resulted in his campaign's <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-brad-raffensperger-phone-call-georgia-votes-presidential-election-2021-01">repeated efforts</a> to overturn the state's election results.</p><p>In US Senate runoff elections this past January, Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/raphael-warnock-jon-ossoff-georgia-senate-shifting-demographics-religion-stimulus-2021-1">defeated</a> Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, handing control of the upper chamber to Biden's party.</p><p>Over the past decade,<a href="https://apnews.com/article/election-2020-joe-biden-stacey-abrams-georgia-atlanta-1d265f35303be8ca59836a1a95018d82" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="4b6ba2498007720a0254aad348ddaeb2">Abrams helped register hundreds of thousands of new voters</a>in the state.</p><p>Last year, Abrams led voter organizing efforts aimed at helping Warnock and Ossoff through <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/13/us/politics/stacey-abrams-fair-fight-2020.html" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="0d518927196f6c14fc86dad5c53c120d">Fair Fight</a>, the national voting rights organization that she started after her gubernatorial loss.</p><p>The <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-senate-runoffs-loeffler-warnock-ossoff-perdue-live-results-2021-1">results</a> were a critical electoral breakthrough for the Democratic Party in the Deep South state.</p><p>Abrams, who was the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial nominee, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/election/2018/results/georgia/governor">came up short</a> to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp by roughly 55,000 votes in a race that was marred by <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/stacey-abrams-concedes-to-brian-kemp-in-the-georgia-governors-race-2018-11">allegations</a> of voter suppression.</p><p>Kemp narrowly won the election with 50.2% of the vote, to Abrams's 48.8% share of the vote.</p><p>Abrams has not yet indicated her decision regarding the race, but a GOP group has already <a href="https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/536727-gop-group-stop-stacey-targets-abrams-ahead-of-expected-2022-run">started</a> a "Stop Stacey" campaign.</p><p>While in Georgia, the president and first lady Jill Biden also visited former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/29/politics/bidens-carters-visit-georgia/index.html">according to CNN</a>.</p><p>The former president, who was unable to attend Biden's inauguration in January, is a longtime friend and political ally of Biden.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/biden-boosted-stacey-abrams-georgia-rally-future-president-2021-5#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/why-everyone-hates-moist-2018-5">Why 'moist' is one of the most hated words in the English language</a></p>
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