Failed Georgia Candidate Stacey Abrams Will Give SOTU Response

Stacey Abrams to give Democratic response to Trump's State of the Union

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Tuesday she has accepted an invitation to give the Democratic response to the State of the Union address.

Abrams and her campaign consistently accused Kemp of racist voter suppression.

The president will give his annual speech on February 5 before a joint session of Congress, after it was postponed because of the partial government shutdown. She is an incredible leader.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially invited Trump to give the speech on January 29 but wrote to him during the government shutdown and said the speech needed to be postponed until after the shutdown. David Perdue, of Georgia, one of President Trump's closest allies on Capitol Hill.

She narrowly lost her gubernatorial bid to Republican opponent Brian Kemp and the race ended on a contentious note with Abrams saying that "democracy failed Georgia".

The decision to ask Abrams, who doesn't now hold office but made history as the first black woman to be a major party nominee for a gubernatorial race previous year, is a break from the standard practice of asking a longstanding member of U.S. Congress to deliver the party's response.

The response is a tradition undertaken by a representative of the president's opposing party, who gives a speech immediately after the State of the Union to rebut claims made in his address.

"This speech is not a concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper", Abrams said at the time, but she added that the "law offers no possible remedy".

The choice of Stacey Abrams also sets up an implicit contrast with President Donald Trump, who has a history of questioning the intellect and integrity of nonwhite politicians.

Abrams has refused to concede defeat in the governor's race and has since announced a new voting rights organization, Fair Fight Georgia, that has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia elections officials for allegedly mismanaging the 2018 election. "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.

Abrams' campaign in Georgia attracted national buzz with celebrities like Oprah Winfrey coming to the state to campaign on her behalf. State officials have until the end of the month to respond to the suit.

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