Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams suggests that the key to success for 2020 presidential candidates isn’t beating President Donald Trump, but “winning America.” She made the comment during the Women in the World Summit, a conference in New York City that sees the assembly of some of the most influential women across the realms of politics, business, and technology.
Although Abrams dodged questions about making a 2020 presidential run herself, she claims that she is giving “careful consideration” to a future Senate run, per NBC News.
“I respect most of the folks running for president. I want to see if their approach to this campaign — this fight for the soul of our country — if they’re going to approach it in a way that will actually yield the results we need.”
She also rejected the idea that the Democratic Party is shifting too far to the left, suggesting that healthcare is a “human idea” instead of a strictly liberal idea.
“Making enough money to take care of your family, these are not leftist ideas. These are progressive ideas… we have to stop buying into this notion that because it is different from now, it is somehow normatively outside of the box.”
Later in the summit, former national security adviser — and former ambassador to the United Nations — Susan Rice announced that she would not run for Senate in 2020, declining to take on Republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Although she expressed disappointment in Collins voting to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to his position on the U.S. Supreme Court — particularly in the wake of allegations he had faced of sexual assault — she claims that it’s not the right time to challenge her.
‘Having access to health care is not a leftist idea. It’s a human idea.’ — Stacey Abrams is reminding everyone that progress is not ‘outside the box’ #WITW (via @WomenintheWorld) pic.twitter.com/kbkuCqoYgu— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 12, 2019
The summit ended with experts in the field of artificial intelligence discussing the benefits and dangers of technology, and talking about the value of maintaining diversity in the workforce.
Abrams’ 2018 gubernatorial campaign, which raised more than $27 million, is currently under investigation. According to WJBF, the State Ethics Commission is planning to subpoena bank records from her campaign, as well as groups that raised money for it. Her nonprofit may also face repercussions for alleged IRS tax violations.
As of now, the nature of the complaints against Abrams is not known, but Governing reports that more than a dozen “independent” groups were created in Georgia to donate to Abrams’ campaign. Not only that, but most of these groups received funds from donors outside of the state. According to former Douglas County prosecutor David Emadi, the filings from mayoral candidates are also under investigation.