Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersResurfaced Buttigieg yearbook named him 'most likely to be president' On The Money: House Dem says marijuana banking bill will get vote in spring | Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers | US home construction slips in March | Uber gets B investment for self-driving cars Buttigieg joins striking Stop & Shop workers MORE (I-Vt.) praised former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) for her televised rebuttal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Feds say marijuana ties could prevent immigrants from getting US citizenship Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll MORE’s State of the Union, saying it was "very, very effective."

“Let me also just congratulate Stacey Abrams for her very, very effective response to President Trump’s State of the Union,” Sanders said Tuesday.

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“Now I think we all know why she would have been a great governor of Georgia.”

Democrats picked Abrams, who lost a close race in November and is a top Senate prospect in 2020, to give their response after Trump's speech. She has skyrocketed in the party despite her loss and is actively being courted to run for one of Georgia’s Senate seats in 2020.

“I think Stacey Abrams showed the president what real leadership was last night. She was thoughtful, she was caring, she talked about her family, and the American dream is fading out of reach for too many American families, and the president was political, divisive, calculating, even nasty at times,” Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference MORE (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday morning.

Sanders took to Facebook Tuesday evening to give his own response to Trump’s address after Abrams’s speech. He excoriated the president’s economic policies, saying most of the economic gains made went to the rich. 

“President Trump has told the American people that the U.S. economy is the hottest economy anywhere in the world, that it is really booming. Well, that may be true for the members of his Mar-a-Lago country club where the price of admission has doubled to $200,000,” he said.

“In fact, for many of President Trump’s billionaire friends, the truth is, they have never ever had it so good. But for the middle class and the working families of our country, the truth is the economy is not so great.” 

Sanders is known to be mulling a 2020 presidential bid, perhaps hoping to build on the excitement spurred by his insurgent 2016 primary campaign against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent Former Bush assistant: Mueller report makes Obama look 'just plain bad' Seth Rich's brother calls for those pushing conspiracy to 'take responsibility' MORE. Should he choose to run, he would join what is expected to be the largest Democratic primary field in modern history, with as many as 30 candidates possibly running.

Should Abrams decide to run for Senate in 2020, she could significantly aid the eventual Democratic presidential nominee by boosting turnout in Georgia, possibly making it more competitive than in recent presidential cycles.