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 reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE's State of the Union speech next week, Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Trump officials making changes to drug pricing proposal | House panel advances flavored e-cig ban | Senators press FDA tobacco chief on vaping ban Chad Wolf becomes acting DHS secretary Schumer blocks drug pricing measure during Senate fight, seeking larger action 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 PelosiSchumer calls on Trump to testify as part of impeachment inquiry Sunday shows — Spotlight shifts to Sondland ahead of impeachment inquiry testimony Perception won't be reality, once AI can manipulate what we see 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 KennedyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: What we learned from first impeachment transcripts Democrats unifying against Joe Kennedy Senate bid Ocasio-Cortez points to California fires: 'This is what climate change looks like' 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.