We all knew when Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams lost in the 2018 elections she had only conceded that particular battle and not the overall war. There was no question as to whether Abrams would run again; it was merely a matter of “when” and “in what capacity.”
Now it’s more and more likely that the 2020 presidential election may have yet another Democratic contender in an already growing field with Abrams tweeting that next year’s election is “definitely on the table.”
In #LeadFromTheOutside, I explore how to be intentional about plans, but flexible enough to adapt. 20 years ago, I never thought I’d be ready to run for POTUS before 2028. But life comes at you fast – as I shared in Q&A w @Yamiche at @sxsw. Now 2020 is definitely on the table…
— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) March 11, 2019
Abrams sent out this tweet to clarify statements she made at an interview at SXSW in Austin, Texas, where she appeared to rule out the next presidential election, noting that 2028 would be the earliest she would be ready to run for the highest office.
“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 in that job,” Abrams said, according to Politico.
The highly popular, rising Democrat has long been considering her options, including challenging Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020, or going for a rematch against Gov. Brian Kemp in 2022. Alongside actually running for president, there is also a chance that she could be considered for Vice President on another presidential ticket.
Abrams had previously promised a definitive decision on her next move by the end of March or early April.
If she does decide to throw her hat in the big race, she will be joining some 12 other Democrats, including: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in a bid to win the Democratic nomination and eventually face off against President Donald Trump.