Stacey Abrams: Georgia Democrat to respond to Trump State of the Union

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Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Speaker who rose to national prominence in a losing bid to become the nation's first African-American female governor, will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union.

And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she was thrilled Abrams had accepted, saying that in the 2018 campaign her "electrifying message reinvigorated our nation & continues to inspire millions in every part of the country".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters on Capitol Hill that he contacted Abrams three weeks ago and that she has agreed to give the high-profile rebuttal to Trump's address to Congress. Schumer called Abrams a "great spokesperson" and a leader on voting rights.

Schumer also stressed Abrams' activism and background make her the ideal foil for the president, NPR notes. It was originally scheduled for January 29, but that was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.

Since the election, which she attempted to challenge in court, she has attracted a major following among liberals, fuelling speculation that she may run against Georgia Republican Senator David Perdue in 2020.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California will deliver the Democratic response in Spanish.

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"Make no mistake, the former secretary of state was deliberate and intentional in his actions", Abrams said, referring to Kemp, who served as the state's chief elections officer for almost a decade before resigning after overseeing his own contest. Catherine Cortez Masto. Abrams also met privately with presidential candidate Sen. "You see, as a leader, I should be stoic in my outrage and silent in my rebuke", Abrams said.

After the fallout from the election settled, Abrams started voting rights initiative Fair Fight, which aims to fight voter disenfranchisement in Georgia and other states. A spokeswoman for Abrams' campaign released a statement in October claiming that the he was "maliciously wielding the power of his office to suppress the vote for political gain and silence the voices of thousands of eligible voters - the majority of them people of color".

"Make no mistake", she added, "the former secretary of state was deliberate in his action".

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

Ava Duvernay and Stacey Abrams speak onstage at the 3rd annual National Day of Racial Healing, Jan. 22, 2019, in Los Angeles.

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