Stacey Abrams endorses Biden

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams (D) on Tuesday officially endorsed the presidential bid of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE, the  presumptive Democratic nominee.

“Vice President Biden is the leader America needs — a leader who will restore dignity, competence and compassion to the Oval Office while restoring America’s moral leadership around the world. His commitment to fighting climate change, leading an economic recovery for all, and protecting every eligible American’s right to vote are among the many reasons why he must be the next President of the United States,” Abrams said in a statement announcing the endorsement.

“While marginalized communities struggle under Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s failed leadership and people of color face disproportionate consequences of COVID-19, Joe Biden will take no one for granted. I look forward to continuing my strong support for his candidacy and doing all I can to make sure he is elected this November,” she added.

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Abrams has frequently been discussed as a potential running mate for Biden, who has pledged to name a woman as his vice presidential pick.

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Abrams, who narrowly lost a controversial gubernatorial race in 2018 to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), has frequently pitched herself as a contender, arguing in late April that she was the most electable.

“We have to win the election. And I would point out that I ran the most successful campaign to engage the communities we need to build the broadest coalition necessary in 2020, because what we are going to see on the ground is that this is going to be a campaign unlike anything that’s been run before,” Abrams told The Atlantic in an interview published last month.

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