Dems tap Stacey Abrams to give response to Trump's State of the Union

Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor last year in Georgia, will give the Democratic response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's State of the Union speech next week, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence MORE (D-N.Y.) announced.

"Three weeks ago, I called Stacey Abrams and asked her to deliver the response, I was very delighted when she agreed," Schumer told reporters on Tuesday.

Abrams has previously served as the Democratic leader of the Georgia General Assembly. She unsuccessfully ran against Brian Kemp (R) for governor in November in what turned out to be a hotly contested election, with her receiving 48.8 percent of the vote.

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Trump's rescheduled State of the Union address is set for Feb. 5. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday invited Trump to deliver the annual address after previously blocking plans for the speech during the partial government shutdown that ended last Friday.

Abrams’s invitation to deliver the Democratic response was first reported by MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Delivering the response to a State of the Union can raise a politician's profile, and leaders typically choose rising stars within their party for the task.

Last year’s Democratic response was delivered by Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPressley responds to Pelosi dismissal of votes against border bill Democratic outrage grows over conditions at border detention centers Democratic lawmakers pay tense visit to Texas migrant facility MORE III (D-Mass.).

Abrams has met with Democrats, including Schumer, about the possibility of a Senate run next year following her 2018 campaign. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) will be up for reelection in 2020.

“I need to make decisions not based on animus or bitterness or sadness, but really based in a pragmatism that says, ‘This is the right thing to do,’ ” Abrams said in a radio interview earlier this month.

“And I’m going to use that calculus and I intend to make a decision about the job I’m going to run for next by the end of March.”

Updated: 3:49 p.m.