Former Georgia candidate asks Abrams be given 'space' amid 2020 buzz

Sarah Riggs Amico, a former Democratic candidate for Georgia lieutenant governor, is calling for Democrat Stacey Abrams to be given more space as the former gubernatorial nominee considers her plans for 2020.

The comments came amid speculation that former Vice President Joe Biden could name her as a potential running mate if he runs for president. Abrams is also considered a potential presidential candidate for 2020 herself, as well as a potential Senate contender. 

"She's going to make this decision in the manner that's best for her," Amico, who worked with Abrams during the 2018 midterm elections, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on Friday.

"My advice to everybody is take a deep breath - give her the space she needs," she continued. "I think she's going to be very thoughtful about thinking through where she can make the most impact."

The former Democratic candidate added that, whatever Abrams decides to do, she "looks forward to cheering her on."

Axios reported Thursday that Biden's advisers were debating pairing the former vice president with Abrams while announcing a potential 2020 bid. 

But Biden spokesman denied the report late on Friday, saying in a tweet that "these rumors about discussions on a pre-cooked ticket are false, plain and simple." The former vice president has yet to make an official 2020 campaign announcement.

Meanwhile, Abrams's campaign manager said "there was no grand plan hatched," while noting that the Georgia Democrat "will meet with any potential or declared candidates for pres who ask while she keeps all options for herself on the table."

Abrams has previously stated that she's not ruling out any scenarios for 2020.

Even though Abrams lost her gubernatorial campaign late last year against incumbent Brian Kemp (R), she has been seen as a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voting rights advocate.

Following her defeat, the Georgia Democrat started the nonprofit group Fair Fight, which aims to advance voting rights. She also delivered the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union address in February.

-Tess Bonn