Abrams: I don't think you have to decide on White House bid before September

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) on Thursday laid out a timeline for her decision to run for either the Senate or White House, saying she could make a final determination about a White House bid by September. 

“I am thinking about it, I truly am. I think that the timing for me is first deciding about the Senate, because I do think you cannot run for an office unless you know that’s the job you want to do. I don’t think you use offices as stepping stones,” she said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe." “So, my first responsibility is to determine whether a Senate run is right for me, and then the next conversation for myself is, if not the Senate, then what else.”

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“I think the Senate decision is going to be pretty short term … but I do want to make a decision this month. And I don’t think you actually have to make a decision about the White House before the fall,” she added. “I understand that running for office means can you mass the resources, can you organize the people, and do you have a credible platform that can resonate, and I don’t believe there is an imperative to do so before September.” 

Abrams rose to national prominence last year after running a competitive campaign in Georgia, losing to Republican Brian Kemp by less than 2 points in a race marred by voter suppression allegations. She was also tapped to deliver the Democrats' response to President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's State of the Union address earlier this year.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerKrystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? TikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (D-N.Y.) is known to be lobbying her to mount a challenge to unseat Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). 

“Leader Schumer has been nothing but gracious. He’s been very intense and very intentional, but I appreciate that, and I appreciate the input. As I said, my job is to make sure one, I’m the right person for the job, two it’s the right time, and three that this is the right job that I need to hold,” Abrams said Thursday.

While Abrams has the potential to expand the electoral map for the Democrats in the Sun Belt, she would jump into the White House race in September months behind over a dozen other candidates who have already amassed millions of dollars in fundraising in the first quarter of 2019 alone.