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 TrumpTrump denies telling Bolton Ukraine aid was tied to investigations Former senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Title, release date revealed for Bolton memoir MORE's State of the Union speech next week, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBolton book alleges Trump tied Ukraine aid freeze to Biden investigations: NYT Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president Impeachment has been a dud for Democrats 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 PelosiFormer senior Senate GOP aide says Republicans should call witnesses Democrats step up pressure over witnesses after Bolton bombshell Texas AFL-CIO endorses Cuellar's primary challenger 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 KennedyAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Lawmakers press Trump officials to change federal marijuana rules Trump and Pelosi clash over Iran, impeachment 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.