Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams said that she “absolutely” plans to become the president of the United States one day.
“Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely,” Abrams told CBS News. “And even more importantly, when someone asks me if that’s my ambition, I have a responsibility to say yes, for every young woman, every person of color, every young person of color, who sees me and decides what they’re capable of based on what I think I am capable of. Again, it’s about you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of.”
Abrams is a longtime Georgia politician. She served as the first female Democratic Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives for six years before running for governor in 2018 – a race she lost to Governor Brian Kemp.
Since then, Abrams has become one of the leading voices in combatting voter suppression around the country. She took a fierce stance against the Georgia G.O.P.’s decision to pass a bill placing strict limitations on voting back in March, telling CNN that the law was “a redux of Jim Crow in a suit and tie.”
Fair Fight, Abrams’ voter registration group has received much of the credit for Joe Biden’s win in Georgia during the 2020 election.
When she mentioned her presidential ambitions to CBS News, Abrams was promoting her new novel, “While Justice Sleeps.” The thriller is her ninth novel – her first eight were romance novels published under the penname Selena Montgomery.
“I don’t remember not writing,” Abrams said. “I think as soon as I learned to read and write, I was hard at it.”
“I’m the daughter of a research librarian,” she added. “I grew up not only writing, but learning how to research, learning how to dice in and think strategically about how to learn new things.”
“While Justice Sleeps” by Stacey Abrams will be available on May 11.
Originally posted 2021-05-10 10:40:20.