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Stacey Abrams makes case for VP: 'I would put my capacity to win an election' against anyone else's

Stacey Abrams makes case for VP: 'I would put my capacity to win an election' against anyone else's
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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams said she would be the best running mate for Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally MORE, making her case as contributing the most to the former vice president’s electability.

“We have to win the election. And I would point out that I ran the most successful campaign to engage the communities we need to build the broadest coalition necessary in 2020, because what we are going to see on the ground is that this is going to be a campaign unlike anything that’s been run before,” Abrams told The Atlantic in an interview published Friday.

Abrams electrified the Democratic base with her gubernatorial run in Georgia in 2018 in which she narrowly lost to Republican Brian Kemp. Abrams, who has openly been campaigning to be Biden’s No. 2, pointed to the energy she was able to galvanize as evidence that she would expand Biden’s appeal.

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“If you look at what we were able to accomplish in Georgia, the growth of the numbers and the composition of the voters, I would put my capacity to win an election as the VP running mate alongside anyone’s,” she said.

Abrams’s name has frequently been touted as a possible vice presidential nominee for Biden, who pledged last month to pick a woman as his running mate. The Georgia Democrat has been openly campaigning for the job, speaking about the job during a number of media appearances and saying she would be an “excellent” addition to Biden’s ticket. 

Other contenders who have been floated include former presidential candidates Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally Overnight Defense: US, Russia closer on nuclear treaty extension after Moscow accepts warhead freeze | Khashoggi's fiancee sues Saudi crown prince | Biden nets hundreds more national security endorsements Democrats make gains in Georgia Senate races: poll MORE (D-Calif.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDurbin signals he isn't interested in chairing Judiciary Committee Democrats seem unlikely to move against Feinstein Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D-Minn.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenJustice Department charges Google with illegally maintaining search monopoly Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Senate Democrats call for ramped up Capitol coronavirus testing MORE (D-Mass.), as well as Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D). 

Biden has been under pressure from some of his supporters to pick a black woman to recognize the key role African American voters have played in buoying his White House bid.

“I really believe that we've reached a point in this country where African American women need to be rewarded for the loyalty that they've given to this party,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said last month.