Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConfused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Confused by polls? Watch early primary states — not national numbers Biden leads in early voting states, followed by Warren, Sanders: poll MORE (I-Vt.) praised former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) for her televised rebuttal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment 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 SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push 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 ClintonDemocrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate Democrats' 2020 Achilles's heel: The Senate House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally 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.