Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sanders praises Stacey Abrams: ‘Very, very effective’

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses MORE (I-Vt.) praised former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) for her televised rebuttal to President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative 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 SchumerJewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump's 'disloyalty' comments Schumer says Trump encouraging anti-Semites Saagar Enjeti: Biden's latest blunder; Krystal Ball: Did Schumer blow our chance to beat McConnell? 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 ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials 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.