Stacey Abrams makes stop in Savannah on ‘Thank You’ tour

Making decision on Senate bid by end of March

Stacey Abrams on statewide tour

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Stacey Abrams, the former Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, discussed Tuesday’s response to the State of the Union and her potential Senate bid in 2020 to a packed room of supporters in Savannah Thursday.

She’s calling the statewide tour her “Thank-You” tour - not an official campaign event. Abrams has openly said she will seek public office again one day. She has not given any insight into what that might mean.

WTOC asked Abrams if she felt she could do more as a U.S. Senator or Governor and how that impacts which race she decides to enter.

“That is certainly part of the conversation. Where can I be most effective? Is this the right time for me to run for whatever office I choose, and I want to make certain I am the right person for the job,” said Abrams, Georgia’s former minority leader in the state legislature. “Those are all the pieces that will weigh in my decision making, and I’ll make a decision by the end of March.”

Republican David Perdue is the Senator up for re-election in 2020. This week, President Trump told the AJC it would be a big mistake to run against Perdue.

On the topic of the response to the State of the Union address, Abrams said she was surprised Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer asked her to give the speech.

“I was absolutely stunned when he offered me the opportunity to offer the response,” Abrams said. “I worked hard to make certain I could do the party justice and really validate and justify his trust in me.”

Savannah was the second stop for Abrams’ tour. She will make two stops in Metro Atlanta next week and in mid-March.

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