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Stacey Abrams leads chorus in Democrats' keynote address

Stacey Abrams leads chorus in Democrats' keynote address
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Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams kicked off the second night of the virtual Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, getting an assist from a litany of local and congressional lawmakers touting the party’s diverse base.

“This nation belongs to all of us, and in every election, we choose how we will create a more perfect union,” Abrams said in her address.

She echoed what former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama slams 'partisan actions' to 'curtail access to ballot box' Michelle Obama on conversations with her daughters: 'Me and Barack, we can't get a word in' Michelle Obama offers advice with release of young readers' edition of 'Becoming' memoir MORE said Monday night, that America moves forward “not by taking sides, but by taking stock of where we are and what we need.”

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After her 2018 gubernatorial campaign, Abrams founded Fair Fight, a nonprofit focused on making voting easy and accessible in Georgia and around the U.S.

In her keynote on Tuesday night, she portrayed President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE not only as a threat to the fairness of November’s election, but also the wrong person to lead America out of the coronavirus pandemic.

“America faces a triple threat: a public health catastrophe, an economic collapse and a reckoning with racial justice and inequality,” Abrams said, echoing presumptive Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenSenate holds longest vote in history as Democrats scramble to save relief bill Ex-Trump appointee arrested in Capitol riot complains he won't be able to sleep in jail Biden helps broker Senate deal on unemployment benefits MORE's own campaign pitch. “This year’s choice could not be any clearer.”

Abrams called Biden a “steady, experienced public servant” while knocking Trump, asserting he “only knows how to deny and to distract.”

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Both Abrams and the Democratic lawmakers who virtually joined her kept coming back to the idea of unity — one of the major themes Democrats have focused on so far during this year's convention.

Many of the figures had historic victories to reach their office. For example, Nevada state Sen. Yvanna Cancela was the first Latina lawmaker in the state chamber.

Another Democrat featured in the keynote was Nikki Fried, who in 2018 became the first woman elected to lead the Florida Department of Agriculture. She was first Democrat to win the role since 2000 and is the only Democratic official elected statewide in Florida in 2018.

Also in the video keynote address was Georgia state Rep. Sam Park, who became the first openly gay man to be elected to the Georgia state legislature in 2016.