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Failed far-left gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams says 2020 presidential run 'definitely on the table'


Georgia Democrat's announcement appeared to be an about-face

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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams announced Monday that she is seriously considering a 2020 White House bid, after fanning speculation hours before that she would hold off on a presidential run until 2028.

What are the details?

Abrams tweeted, "20 years ago, I never thought I'd be ready to run for POTUS before 2028. But life comes at you fast... Now 2020 is definitely on the table..."

Speaking at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, earlier Monday, Abrams said, "In the spreadsheet with all the jobs I wanted to do, 2028 would be the earliest I would be ready to stand for president because I would have done the work I thought necessary to be effective at that job," Fox News reported.

Abrams' comments at the festival were widely interpreted to mean she would hold off on a White House bid until 2028, but her former campaign manager, Lauren Groh-Wargo, was quick to clarify.

Groh-Wargo tweeted that Abrams' remarks "were in reference to her years-old spreadsheet, not her current considerations. She is taking a look at all options on the table in 2020 and beyond."

Speculation has swirled about what could be Abrams' next political run following her narrow loss to Republican Brian Kemp in the race for Georgia's governorship last fall. She was further propelled onto the national scene after delivering the Democrats' formal rebuttal to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in February.

Last week, The New York Times reported that Abrams "will run for office again, and will decide whether for senator, governor or president by late March or early April."

She told the paper, "I've got this little decision about what I'm going to do with the rest of my life."

Anything else?

Prior to hitting the national stage, Abrams served as minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives. After her failed gubernatorial bid, Senate Democrats reportedly encouraged Abrams to run against Republican Sen. David Perdue (Ga.) in 2020, or to make a second run against Kemp for governor.

According to Fox News, "analysts have pointed to numerous potential problems with her skipping ahead straight to a White House bid," especially in an already-crowded field of Democratic 2020 candidates who are household names such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).

Abrams, 45, is a far-left Democrat who has positioned herself as a voting-rights advocate, blaming disenfranchisement for her recent loss. Shortly thereafter, she said she wasn't opposed to noncitizens voting in elections.

In 2016, Abrams co-sponsored legislation that would require the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to confiscate guns from the citizens in her state.

Abrams recently accepted a role serving on the board of directors at liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress. She is an attorney, author, and community organizer.

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