Stacey Abrams To Deliver Democratic Response To SOTU

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Schumer told reporters on Tuesday that he asked Abrams three weeks ago and he was "delighted" when she accepted. She is an incredible leader.

While she refused to call it a concession speech, Abrams ultimately admitted to her supporters that "the law now allows me no further viable remedy" to fight the results.

The State of the Union was originally scheduled for January 29, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi notified President Trump earlier this month that because of the partial government shutdown (which at that point was in its 26th day), proper and secure arrangements would not be able to be made in time.

She gained a national following during her unsuccessful bid to become governor of Georgia last fall. But a week after the election, Abrams acknowledged Kemp's victory, although she refused to call it a concession.

"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 in a statement.

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.

California Attorney General and former U.S Congressman Xavier Beccera was chosen to give the Democrats' Spanish-language response to the State of the Union.

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Former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, who became Trump's United Nations ambassador, delivered the Republican rebuttal to Barack Obama in 2016, while Congressman Joe Kennedy III, a grand-nephew of president John F. Kennedy gave the Democratic response previous year. David Perdue, one of Trump's most outspoken allies on Capitol Hill.

Senate Democrats are urging Abrams to run for Senate in 2020 against Republican Sen. Now she'll have the opportunity to make a splash on the national stage.

Many controversies racked the race, including the fact Brian Kemp was overseeing the contest as secretary of state.

Since November Ms Abrams has launched a new voting rights advocacy group, Fair Fight Georgia, which has filed a federal lawsuit against Georgia election officials for alleged mismanagement of the mid-term elections.

The Democratic rising star tweeted on Tuesday she was "honoured".

After the president gives his State of the Union speech, the opposition party gets a chance to respond.

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