Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Feb. 5.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters on Capitol Hill today that he reached out to Abrams three weeks ago and that she has agreed to give the high-profile rebuttal to Trump's address to Congress.
Schumer said he and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended the invitation, and that he was very delighted that Abrams accepted.
"She is just a great spokesperson," he said Jan. 29. "She's an incredible leader."
Abrams, who represented portions of DeKalb County in the Georgia House for 10 years, rose to national prominence during the 2018 race for Georgia governor when then-Secretary of State Brian Kemp refused to vacate the office which oversees Georgia elections.
Kemp, who is now Georgia's governor, did not resign until he was elected governor.
During the governor's race Trump stumped for Kemp and call Abrams "unqualified."
He also said that if she was elected she would "destroy a great state."
In an email to supporters, Abrams says that after Trump's address, she will deliver a vision for prosperity and equality, where everyone in our nation has a voice and where each of those voices is heard.
"I will deliver an alternate vision that seeks to unite Americans around our common values and goals, and details for Americans how we can move forward in a way that lifts all of us up," she said.
Georgians can host or attend watch parties to view the address. For more information, visit www.fairfightaction.com/abramsaddress?refcode=IE190130SOTUResponse1&source=IE190130SOTUResponse1&utm_campaign=IE190130SOTUResponse1&utm_content=2%2B-%2BFind%2Ban%2Bofficial%2Bwatch%2Bparty%2Bnear%2Byou&utm_medium=email&utm_source=abrams.