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Stacey Abrams

D

Minority Leader, Georgia State House of Representatives (2010 - 2017)

State Bills
Biography

Personal

Political Experience

Professional Experience

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

Additional Information

Stacey Abrams (Democrat) was a candidate for Governor of Georgia. Abrams lost the general election on November 6, 2018, after advancing from the primary on May 22, 2018.


Abrams served as House minority leader from 2011 to 2017. Abrams resigned her state House seat on August 25, 2017, to run for governor.

Politico named Abrams among its 10 candidates to watch in the 2018 elections.

for more information on the Democratic primary.

Abrams' professional experience includes working as a partner in the Insomnia, Limited Liability Company, chief executive officer of the Sage Works, Limited Liability Company, deputy city attorney for the City of Atlanta, special counsel to Sutherland, Asbill, and Brennan, and a teacher at Spelman College and Yale University.

In June 2011, Governing Magazine named Abrams one of 12 "Democratic Legislators to Watch." Each of the legislators was selected on the basis of qualities such as leadership, ambition, and political potential.

Elections

2018

General election
General election for Governor of Georgia

Brian Kemp (R) defeated Stacey Abrams (D) and Ted Metz (L) in the general election for Governor of Georgia on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Brian Kemp (R)
50.2
1,978,408

Stacey Abrams (D)
48.8
1,923,685

Ted Metz (L)
0.9
37,235

Total votes: 3,939,328
(100% precincts reporting)
Primary runoff election
Republican primary runoff for Governor of Georgia

Brian Kemp defeated Casey Cagle in the Republican primary runoff for Governor of Georgia on July 24, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Brian Kemp (R)
69.5
406,703

Casey Cagle (R)
30.5
178,893

Total votes: 585,596
Democratic primary election
Democratic primary for Governor of Georgia

Stacey Abrams defeated Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary for Governor of Georgia on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Stacey Abrams (D)
76.4
424,305

Stacey Evans (D)
23.6
130,784

Total votes: 555,089
Republican primary election
Republican primary for Governor of Georgia

Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp advanced to a runoff. They defeated Hunter Hill, Clay Tippins, and Michael Williams in the Republican primary for Governor of Georgia on May 22, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Casey Cagle (R)
39.0
236,987

Brian Kemp (R)
25.5
155,189

Hunter Hill (R)
18.3
111,464

Clay Tippins (R)
12.2
74,182

Michael Williams (R)
4.9
29,619

Total votes: 607,441


2016

Elections for the Georgia House of Representatives took place in 2016. The primary election took place on May 24, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The candidate filing deadline was March 11, 2016.

Incumbent Stacey Abrams ran unopposed in the Georgia House of Representatives District 89 general election.
Georgia House of Representatives, District 89 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Stacey Abrams Incumbent (unopposed) 100.00% 26,039
Total Votes 26,039
Source: Georgia Secretary of State

Incumbent Stacey Abrams ran unopposed in the Georgia House of Representatives District 89 Democratic primary.
Georgia House of Representatives, District 89 Democratic Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Stacey Abrams Incumbent (unopposed)


2014

Elections for the Georgia House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014, with runoff elections taking place where necessary on July 22, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Stacey Y. Abrams was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.

2012

Georgia House of Representatives, District 88, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngStacey Abrams Incumbent 100% 23,292
Total Votes 23,292

2010

Georgia House of Representatives, District 84 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Stacey Abrams (D) 12,482 100.0%

2008

Georgia House of Representatives District 84
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Stacey Abrams (D) 18,883
Policy Positions

Redistricting

Abrams was an opponent of the legislative redistricting efforts of majority Republicans in 2011, calling the GOP plan unfair and criticizing the majority for failing to include Democratic voices. She noted that the Republican plan, unveiled on August 12, could cost Democrats six seats in the state House through packing, or drawing district maps to group as many of the opposition's supporters into as few districts as possible, thus reducing their representation. Abrams also threatened any Democrat that supported the majority's proposal with a primary challenge in the 2012 elections.

Articles

CNN "State of the Union" - Transcript: Interview With Stacey Abrams

Nov. 18, 2018

BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT TAPPER: Welcome back to STATE OF THE UNION. I'm Jake Tapper. Two of the most closely watched and hotly contested midterm races are now over. Late Saturday, Democrat Andrew Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, conceded the Florida governorship to Republican former Congressman Ron DeSantis. And, Friday, Stacey Abrams acknowledged in a speech that Republican Brian Kemp will be the next governor of Georgia, saying that democracy failed her state. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) STACEY ABRAMS (D), FORMER GEORGIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: This is not a speech of concession, because concession means to acknowledge an action is right, true, or proper. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: Abrams is now planning to launch a federal lawsuit against the state for what she called gross mismanagement of the election. And joining me now for her first national interview since ending the race is Stacey Abrams, the former minority leader of the Georgia Statehouse. Leader Abrams, thanks so much for joining us. You said that -- quote -- "Democracy failed in Georgia." Obviously, you're referring to some of the messy process of democracy, as you -- as you called it, incompetence and mismanagement. But do you think that there was deliberate interference in the election? ABRAMS: Yes. And I believe it began eight years ago with the systematic disenfranchisement of more than a million voters. It continued with the underfunding and disinvestment in polling places, in training, and in the management of the county delivery of services. And I think it had its pinnacle in this race. [09:15:05] But, a few months before, in May of 2018, the Republican primary had to be called for a do-over because a number of voters did not receive accurate ballots. We know that there has been a dramatic discrepancy in the way absentee ballots are both allocated and counted across the 159 counties. And so, yes, there was a deliberate and intentional disinvestment and I think destruction of the administration of elections in the state of Georgia. TAPPER: Well, let me ask you, because Kemp, when he was secretary of state, did oversee a process in which 1.5 million voters were removed from the voting rolls. Here in Washington, D.C., which is hardly a Republican stronghold, if you don't vote in the last four years, you're removed from the voting rolls, and I don't think anybody thinks that's disenfranchisement. That's just people being removed from the rolls because of inactivity. What's the difference between what Kemp did -- and if you don't vote within three years in Georgia, you're removed from the rolls -- and what they do all over the country, including here in Washington? ABRAMS: Maintaining clean voter rolls is absolutely appropriate, but the vigor with which he did so and the mismanagement with which he did so -- a perfect example is the 92-year-old civil rights activist who's lived in the West End of Atlanta for more than 40 years, has voted in every single election since 1968 in that neighborhood, and she was removed from the polls. She went to vote, and her daughter had to take more than two hours to get her access to a provisional ballot. This is someone who has never failed to vote. And so the problem we have is that it's death by 1,000 cuts. It's not sufficient to simply purge voters from the rolls for inactivity. He removed voters who were eligible. He also denied access to more than 3,000 new citizens who should have been added to the rolls, but he prevented them from being able to vote. And the larger issue is this. Trust in our democracy relies on believing that there are good actors who are making this happen. And he was a horrible actor who benefited from his perfidy. That's problematic. TAPPER: Take a listen to what Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown said about your race just a few days ago. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT TAPPER: So, Sherrod Brown says the election was stolen. Do you agree that it was stolen? And do you think that Brian Kemp is not the legitimate governor-elect of Georgia? ABRAMS: The law, as it stands, says that he received an adequate number of votes to become the governor of Georgia. And I acknowledge the law as it stands. I am a lawyer by training. And I am someone who's taken a constitutional oath to uphold the law. But we know, sometimes, the law does not do what it should and that something being legal does not make it right. This is someone who has compromised our systems. He's compromised our democratic systems. And that is not appropriate. And, therefore, my mission is going to be to make certain no one else has to face this conversation. Going forward, we are going to ensure that they are fair fights in the state of Georgia and that voter protection is more than a slogan, that it is actually a common cause that cuts across partisanship, because, as I said, there are Republicans who were harmed, Democrats who were harmed, independents who were harmed. And that is wrong in one of the original 13 colonies, one of the founding blocks of our democracy. And I want Georgia to be better. TAPPER: Is he the legitimate governor-elect of Georgia? ABRAMS: He is the person who won an adequate number of votes to become the governor... (CROSSTALK) TAPPER: But that's not -- with all due respect -- and I respect where you're coming from, and I respect the issues that you're raising -- you're not answering the question. Do you think... (CROSSTALK) ABRAMS: I am answering -- no, what I will not do... (CROSSTALK) TAPPER: You're not using the word legitimate. Is he the legitimate governor-elect of Georgia? ABRAMS: He is the legal governor of Georgia. And here's the thing, Jake. I want to be very clear. Words have meaning. And I have spent my lifetime not only as an attorney, but as a writer. And I'm very careful with the words I choose. And, yes, when he takes the oath of office, he will be the legal governor of the state of Georgia. He is the legal victor. But what you are looking for me to say is that there was no compromise of our democracy, and that there should be some political compromise in the language I use. And that's not right. What's not right is saying that something was done properly, when it was not. I will never deny the legal -- the legal imprimatur that says that he is in this position. And I pray for his success. But will I say that this election was not tainted, was not a disinvestment and a disenfranchisement of thousands of voters? I will not say that. TAPPER: Well, just -- just to be clear, I don't have an opinion on what you should say or should not say. I'm just trying to get -- I'm trying to understand where you're coming from. ABRAMS: Oh, I understand. TAPPER: Are you -- are you at all concerned that your words this morning and in your speech Friday will undermine faith in the democratic process? ABRAMS: Not at all, because the words I use are very specific. [09:20:01] We have had systematic disenfranchisement of voters. We have seen gross mismanagement of our elections. And we have seen an erosion of faith in our democracy in our state. Those are all true facts. But these are all solvable problems. And that's why I'm proud to be an American. That's why I'm proud to be a Georgian. And it's why I'm taking up Fair Fight Georgia, because faith is not enough. We have to have action married to that faith. And I don't believe that you are trying to cast aspersions or cause me to say anything, but what I am being clear about is that I'm choosing my words very carefully because words have meaning. And we have to have leaders who will actually speak truth and not engage in political compromise for ease. We have to have people who are going to fight to make sure our democracy works for everyone, because there are Republicans who are going to win elections because of what we do. There are going to be independents who finally gain a foothold because of what we do. And that is what's right in a democracy. TAPPER: I want to just give you an opportunity to answer this, because this is going to be the big question coming out of this interview. President Trump, based on no evidence, cast all sorts of aspersions on the election in Florida, and what was going on with the recounts and what was going on with the counts. He alleged fraud. He alleged theft. And he was criticized widely by Democrats and Republicans for doing so. How is what you're doing any different from what he did? ABRAMS: My accusations are based entirely on evidence. We had four different federal judges in the course of a week say that what we witnessed was wrong and forced better behavior. And what I'm simply asking for is another court to force even stronger behaviors, legal reforms that will guarantee that no one has to question the legitimacy of our election. Dan Gasaway is a Republican who lost a Republican primary because they failed to adequately provide ballots that were accurate. That was under Brian Kemp's watch. And so this is not something that simply affected Democrats. This is not partisan. The head of the Tea Party in Georgia, Debbie Dooley, pointed out the gross mismanagement of how we administer absentee ballots. So, I agree with the Tea Party. I agree with Republicans. We have to do better in Georgia. I'm simply using this moment to lift up this call to arms. But I'm going to do so in a court of law, not in the court of public opinion, because I want people to understand what was flawed, but then what can be fixed. And, fundamentally, that's what I do, try to fix the problems I see. TAPPER: And, lastly, Leader Abrams, this was the closest race for governor in Georgia since 1966. A lot of people wondering, are you going to run for office in the future, perhaps for Senate in 2020? ABRAMS: I'm going to spend the next year as a private citizen, but I do indeed intend to run for office again. I'm not sure for what, and I am not exactly certain when. I need to take a nap. But, once I do, I'm planning to get back into the ring. TAPPER: All right, Leader Abrams, have a good nap. And thank you so much for joining us this morning. (LAUGHTER) TAPPER: We appreciate it. ABRAMS: Thank you. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT

NBC "Meet the Press" - Transcript: Interview with Stacey Abrams

Nov. 4, 2018

BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT CHUCK TODD:Welcome back now to one of the tightest governors' races in the country and one that we've all been following from a national perspective. That's in Georgia, which has been flooded with surrogates. Oprah on Thursday. Vice President Pence, who reminded us he was kind of a big deal too, was also there that day. President Obama on Friday. And President Trump, who is holding a rally in Macon, Georgia there this afternoon. So joining me now is the Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams. If she wins, she would make history as the nation's first female African-American governor. Ms. Abrams, welcome back to Meet the Press. STACEY ABRAMS:Thank you for having me. CHUCK TODD:Look, let me be honest. Did you think the Sunday before the election you'd be in a coin flip race? STACEY ABRAMS:We were preparing for every eventuality. And I'm excited to be in a dead heat because I know that we are going to turn out voters who have never voted before. CHUCK TODD:It feels as if the final debate about this election has really been about how to count the votes and who gets to vote. It hasn't been as much about some of the issues. How concerned are you that this is going to be a fair vote? I know the last time we were on you, you expressed optimism that this was going to be a fair election, that you would, you would, trust the results. Do you still feel that way? STACEY ABRAMS:I do. We have seen unprecedented turnout in this race from people who normally do not engage and do not vote. Some of that has been driven by the conversations of voter suppression. Because one of the best ways to encourage people to use something is to tell them that someone's trying to take it away. Luckily, we've had two court decisions against Brian Kemp, one that requires that absentee ballots be counted even if the signatures aren't exactly the same and a second one that forces him to stop using the exact match system to disqualify voters who are qualified. But what is more important is that we have talked about issues. We've talked about jobs, and health care, and education. And that's also engaging people and turning them out in waves that we have not seen in Georgia in decades. CHUCK TODD:The president's going to be in Macon, Georgia today. He said you just simply weren't qualified to be governor. He didn't say why. How did you take that assessment? STACEY ABRAMS:I find his assessments to be vapid and shallow. I am the most qualified candidate. I am a business owner. I'm a tax attorney who has trained at Yale Law School. I am a civic leader who helped to register more than 200,000 Georgians. I am a very accomplished political leader who worked across the aisle to improve access to education, to transportation. And I blocked the single-largest tax increase in Georgia history. There is no one more qualified standing for this office in Georgia. And I look forward to having the voters of Georgia say the same. CHUCK TODD:You know, it's interesting. When Oprah Winfrey came to campaign for you, she said something that may have surprised some of your supporters that were in the audience that day. Take a listen. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT CHUCK TODD:Obviously you want to win over independents. So on one hand, of course having somebody as famous as Oprah Winfrey saying, "I'm an independent. Come on, independents. Come with me. Vote with Stacey Abrams." But do you think that sends a negative message to Democrats -- STACEY ABRAMS:Not at -- CHUCK TODD: -- at all as you're trying to fire Democrats up to get them, to get them to support your campaign? STACEY ABRAMS: I believe Oprah's presence fires people up because she has been fiercely independent her entire life. And I think what she's saying is, "This is an election about the issues. Listen to the conversations happening between the candidates. Look at who's showing up, who's talking about issues, who has comprehensive plans for your life. And make a decision not based simply on party but on record and on intention." And I'm the only candidate who shows up every time, who has detailed, comprehensive plans for Georgia, but most importantly who keeps her promises and honors her commitments. And I think what she is signaling to independents and everyone else is that this is the time to make a choice based on who's best for Georgia. And she believes that I am it, as do I. CHUCK TODD: You know, one of the things it seems to me, this has been a very bitter campaign. You've called your opponent a liar. He's used some harsh language. If you win, you're going to have a very large Republican majority in the Georgia legislature. Yes, maybe Democrats make a few gains there. But you're going to be dealing with a Republican legislature. You have to work across the aisle if you're going to accomplish anything. How do you repair this divide? It's, let's be honest. You know it's, it feels worse than ever. How are you going to try to do this? STACEY ABRAMS: Number one, I've run this campaign going to every single part of the state. I have not ignored a single community or county because I believe that my job is to speak to every single voter. Number two, if you look at the issues I talk about, education, high-class education for everyone, access to health care in every community, and making sure that we have good-paying jobs, this cuts across partisanship. But most importantly, I can stand on my record. I was the leader of Democrats in a majority-Republican legislature. And I was able to work across the aisle and get good done. We can disagree on principles, but we have a common responsibility to Georgians. And I've always said, "People don't care about your party. They care about their lives." And as the next governor, my goal is going to be to bring everyone together to solve the problems we can solve together. Certainly leading with my values: faith, and family, and service. But recognizing that everyone comes to the table as a Georgian and we have to work together. CHUCK TODD: Is there an idea your opponent Brian Kemp has put forward that you would, that if you won, you would actually also put forward? STACEY ABRAMS: Absolutely. I, we completely agree on the need to increase teacher pay. We agree on the need for public safety. We just have a different idea about how we get there and whose responsibility is it is. Unfortunately, he has some good slogans, but he has no comprehensive plans for what he wants to accomplish. We have not only slogans but detailed plans that tell you where we're going to go and how we're going to pay for it. You don't have to raise taxes in Georgia to raise expectations and raise outcomes. CHUCK TODD: If you're running for reelection four years from now, what's the one accomplishment you have to have in order for you to feel as if you deserve a chance at reelection? STACEY ABRAMS: The expansion of Medicaid in the state of Georgia, providing access to health care coverage to half a million Georgians, creating thousands of jobs, and making certain that we repair our broken mental health system so that every single person in Georgia who faces trouble, faces challenges does not feel the stigma of mental health and instead knows that they have access to substance abuse treatment and to mental health care treatment. If we-- CHUCK TODD: This-- STACEY ABRAMS: -- can get that done, that's the baseline for a lot of work. CHUCK TODD: This legislature rejected it before. What makes you think your election is going to make them not reject expanding Medicaid? STACEY ABRAMS: Because we have seen an evolution in this state as more and more states have expanded Medicaid. In fact, 17 states led by Republicans have done so. Fifteen led by Democrats. And the states that have expanded Medicaid, they've seen their costs go down, they've seen their outcomes improve, and they've seen increases in their bottom line. And I think that legislators on both sides of the aisle, especially Republicans who represent these rural hospitals on the brink of closure, are going to be willing to do what it takes to save the lives of their constituents. CHUCK TODD: Stacey Abrams, I've gotta leave it there. The Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia. And because of an arcane runoff rule that you guys have there, there's a chance you get to keep campaigning through December. So I guess rest up and stay safe on the trail. Thanks for coming on. STACEY ABRAMS: Thank you. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT

CNN "State of the Union" - Transcript: Interview With Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams

Nov. 4, 2018

BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT TAPPER: Today, President Trump will be in Georgia, campaigning to win one of the tightest and most closely watched races in the nation, the battle to be Georgia's next governor. Joining me now, Democratic candidate for Georgia governor and the former state House minority leader, Stacey Abrams. I want to note that we did invite Abrams' opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, to join us, but he declined this Sunday, as well as on two previous Sundays. Leader Abrams, thanks for joining us. President Trump is going to be in Georgia campaigning for your opponent this afternoon. Here's what the president had to say about your candidacy earlier this week. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT TAPPER: What's your response? STACEY ABRAMS (D), GEORGIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE: He's wrong. As President Obama pointed out, I am the most qualified candidate running, if you look at both my academic background, my work history. I have been deputy city attorney. I was the Democratic leader for seven years. I have been successful as a businesswoman, as a writer, and as a tax attorney. I know what I'm talking about, and I have the plans to prove it. TAPPER: What do you make of his attacking you that way? ABRAMS: I think that they can see the same numbers we are seeing. Early voting is up dramatically. We have a plan in place for remarkable turnout on Election Day. We have folks knocking doors across the state of Georgia. And I think they're getting scared. And I think desperation tends to lead to, you know, comments that aren't necessarily grounded in reality. TAPPER: You're running for Georgia governor, so I was curious about your reaction to something a former governor of Georgia said last night. Take a listen to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue at a campaign event for Republican Florida gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis. He's running against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT TAPPER: "This election is so cotton-picking important to the state of Florida." Did you have any reaction to hearing that? ABRAMS: I think that there's certainly a throwback element to the language that we're hearing coming out of the Republican Party that is, unfortunately, disparaging to communities. It may be unintentional, but it signals a deeper misinformation about what Andrew Gillum can accomplish, what I can accomplish. And what we are going to do is stand on our records and our plans, and we're going to win these elections. TAPPER: President Obama hit the trail for your campaign in Georgia this week. He recently made headlines after calling Medicare for all a -- quote -- "good new idea." You have not expressed support for Medicare at all, at least not right now. Why do you think President Obama is wrong? ABRAMS: I don't think that he's wrong. I think that, as a national conversation, there certainly should be an ongoing review of what Medicare for all can do. But a single state cannot make that change. Georgia does not have the financial capacity to provide that type of coverage. That is a federal conversation. [09:05:02] I am running to be the governor of the state of Georgia. We have to do the fundamentals, including the expansion of Medicaid. That's how we provide access to health care. That's how we reduce costs. That's how we protect preexisting conditions. My focus is on how I can serve Georgia, and that means a focus on Medicaid expansion. TAPPER: Let's talk about that. You want to expand Medicaid, under Obamacare. You say that would cost your state nearly $300 million. You have also proposed a $150 million earned income tax credit for lower-income families and a $40 million renewable energy plan. Now, I understand you have proposed a few ways to bring in some of that money. But will any families in Georgia need to pay more in taxes in order to fund these ambitious plans? ABRAMS: We do not need to raise taxes under my plans to raise expectations and to raise outcomes. Georgia spends about $1.75 billion per year on uncompensated care. That's health care costs. By expanding Medicaid, we can join states like Kentucky that cut that number in half. That's savings that will go directly into providing access to the programs I'm talking about. My plan is to put money back into the pockets of hardworking Georgians. And all of the plans I have proposed, which are detailed, specific, and have pay-fors, all of those programs can be done under our current budget in the state of Georgia. TAPPER: So... ABRAMS: What's more important is that the economic benefit to our state is dramatic, thousands of more jobs, thousands of good-paying jobs, access to health care coverage, and improvement for our state overall. TAPPER: So, you're telling Georgia families that none of them are going to have to pay higher taxes with you as governor? ABRAMS: I do not intend to raise taxes. That is not the necessity. What we have to do in Georgia is cover health care costs. What we have to do is create competitive wages for our teachers, so we can keep more in the classrooms. What we have to do is create better good-paying jobs throughout the state of Georgia in all 159 counties. That is the economic imperative for our state. And that's how we continue to move Georgia forward. TAPPER: Let's talk about gun policy. When you were a state lawmaker in 2016, you co-sponsored a bill that would have allowed Georgia state authorities to take away so-called assault weapons from current gun owners. Most similar bans would grandfather in existing weapons of that sort, semiautomatic rifles that are called assault weapons. So, is that your current position, that law-abiding gun owners in Georgia should have to give up those weapons, if authorities deem it necessary? ABRAMS: In the state of Georgia, you introduce legislation to start conversations. I am happy to work with the legislature to figure out how we make an assault weapons ban work. But what I fundamentally believe is that we have to have commonsense gun safety legislation. I am someone who supports the Second Amendment, who knows how to shoot, who knows how to hunt, but I believe that our responsibility is to make certain that the most vulnerable in our society do not face those who are irresponsible with their weapons. AR-15s are not necessary on our streets. Semiautomatic weapons have to be put under a certain level of responsible control. And I believe that, as the next governor of Georgia, I can work with Democrats and Republicans to come up with commonsense gun safety legislation that will allow us to make our families and our communities safer. TAPPER: Well, just to be clear, you were one of six co-sponsors of this bill, House Bill 731, introduced January 11, 2016, not that long ago. Your co-sponsor told reporters the law -- quote -- "would require gun owners of these particular models to turn their guns in." ABRAMS: And, again, my point is this. The legislation introduced was the beginning of a conversation. I am absolutely certain that, were we to pass this in Georgia, we would have a conversation about grandfathering in, about whether or not people would turn their guns in, whether there would be buybacks. There are a number of approaches to take to accomplish this goal. But the fundamental responsibility is commonsense gun safety legislation in Georgia, making sure we get dangerous weapons off the streets, and that responsible gun owners stand together to hold those who are irresponsible accountable, and we reduce the risk of harm to the rest of Georgia. TAPPER: Well, just to be clear here, though -- I'm just trying to understand. So you don't support the actual legislation; you just support having a conversation about it? ABRAMS: No, what I have said is, legislation in the state legislature is about starting the conversation. Very few pieces of legislation are introduced and come out the same way they go in. That's the process of making the law. My mission in 2016 was to be a part of the conversation. I believe that we have to ban assault weapons in the state of Georgia. But what I'm saying is, as part of my leadership, I'm going to work across the aisle, and we're going to have a conversation about how we accomplish this. TAPPER: I want to bring your attention to something that you might not know about, because I think it just came out. The Georgia secretary of state's office -- that's your opponent, Brian Kemp -- they have just announced they have opened an investigation into the Democratic Party of Georgia for possible alleged cyber-crimes, after what they say is a failed attempt to hack the state's voter registration system. Have you heard anything about this? Do you have any reaction? ABRAMS: I have heard nothing about it. And I would -- my reaction would be that this is a desperate attempt on the part of my opponent to distract people from the fact that two different federal judges found him derelict in his duties and have forced him to allow absentee ballots to be counted and those who are being captive by the exact match system to be allowed to vote. [09:10:02] He is desperate to turn the conversation away from his failures, from his refusal to honor his commitments, and from the fact that he is part of a nationwide system of voter suppression that will not work in this election, because we are going to outwork him, we are going to outvote him, and we are going to win. TAPPER: All right, Leader Abrams, thank you so much for your time. We really appreciate it. ABRAMS: Thank you. BREAK IN TRANSCRIPT

Events

2020

Mar. 26
Sisters for the Census Roundtable

Thur 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Live

May 13
Stacey Abrams Autographing May 13th 7 pm at The Carter Center!

Mon 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT

The Carter Center Atlanta, GA

Apr. 29
Fair Fight Court Hearing – Pack the room for voting rights! 4/29

Mon 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Richard B. Russell Federal Building Atlanta, GA

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