Amid rumors that Stacey Abrams could become the next vice president, the Georgia Democrat continues to eye the top of the ticket.
Abrams, who lost a close race for Georgia's governorship last year, spoke with CBS This Morning on Wednesday and said she's continuing to mull a 2020 presidential bid. Abrams argued she is "just as capable of becoming the president of the United States as anyone running."
This comes not long after a report that former Vice President Joe Biden was considering announcing Abrams as his running mate upon launching his presidential campaign. Biden and Abrams met for lunch recently, but Abrams has said they did not discuss the possibility of her serving as his vice president. Now, Abrams seems to be implying she could easily run against him and not with him — unless she doesn't count Biden as being "anyone running" since he hasn't launched his campaign yet.
Abrams explained that although the presidency "wasn't top of mind" when she began thinking about her next steps, "the success I had in our election," as well as "the work I've done as a business leader, as a civic leader, as a political leader," positions her for a 2020 bid.
Still, don't necessarily put money on an Abrams 2020 presidential run just yet. After telling Rolling Stone this week that she doesn't know "whether this is the moment for me," Abrams told CBS she still has to make sure she'd be "running for the right reasons and at the right time." Brendan Morrow
"I think the success I had in our election… positions me to be just as capable of becoming the President of the United States as anyone running. My responsibility though, is to make sure I’m running for the right reasons and at the right time." -- @staceyabrams on a 2020 run pic.twitter.com/8ZZq9wW0v2
During a debate two weeks ago, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pledged that she would serve her full six-year Senate term if re-elected. But now, she's changing her tune and teasing a possible 2020 run.
On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Thursday, the New York senator was questioned about whether she'll run for president in 2020. She said she would give it a "long, hard thought." She explained that this is a "moral question" for her and that she has "seen the hatred and division that President Trump has put out" while traveling across the country. This, she says, has inspired her to "fight as hard as I possibly can to restore the moral compass of this country."
Her impassioned response seemed to be building toward a 2020 announcement, although she stopped just short of doing so, prompting Colbert to laugh and joke that she came "that close." Gillibrand was recently re-elected to a Senate term that lasts until 2025, and she told voters during an Oct. 25 debate, "I will serve my six-year term" — to which her Republican challenger shot back, "Honestly, I don't believe that." Watch Gillibrand's Colbert appearance, which concludes with her 2020 comments, below. Brendan Morrow