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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 ObamaAn immigrant to get the job done at Homeland Security Obama: 'Hopeless' to try to sell as many books as Michelle Obama sold record-breaking 1.7 million copies of memoir in first week 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 John TrumpTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Trump threatens to veto defense bill over tech liability shield Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump 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 BidenTrump alludes to possible 2024 run in White House remarks Tiger King's attorney believes they're close to getting pardon from Trump Cruz urges Supreme Court to take up Pennsylvania election challenge 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.