Stacey Abrams will deliver Democrats' response to State of the Union

Stacey Abrams will deliver Democrats' response to State of the Union

Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the selection Tuesday, a week before the address, which had been delayed in the fight over the partial government shutdown. She will address the nation in a prime-time speech shortly after Trump finishes his address to a joint session of Congress next Tuesday night.

'She is just a great spokesperson.

"She has led the charge for voting rights, which is at the root of just about everything else", Schumer said while making the announcement. 'I'm very excited that she's agreed to be the respondent to the president'.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially invited Trump to give the speech on January 29 but wrote to him during the government shutdown and said the speech needed to be postponed until after the shutdown.

Her campaign attracted a wide-range of national star power and was boosted in its waning days by Oprah Winfrey, who personally knocked on doors for Abrams, surprising more than a few Georgia voters.

Abrams narrowly lost the state's race for governor in November after a lengthy dispute over blocked votes.

California Attorney General and former U.S Congressman Xavier Beccera was chosen to give the Democrats' Spanish-language response to the State of the Union.

Stacey Abrams' gubernatorial bid in Georgia drew national attention.

A group backed by Abrams filed a federal lawsuit this month saying Georgia deprived many low-income people and minorities of their voting rights with Brian Kemp, then secretary of state, overseeing the 2018 election.

It was the first known time that a speaker had rescinded an invitation to deliver the State of the Union. She said she was "honored" to be delivering the response.

The address has usually been given by a member of Congress or a sitting governor, making Abrams an intriguing choice given that she doesn't now hold a political office.

"And I'm going to use that calculus and I intend to make a decision about the job I'm going to run for next by the end of March", she added. The strategy was an outgrowth of her work with the New Georgia Project, an officially nonpartisan organization she helped establish that registered tens of thousands of mostly minority voters across the state beginning during the 2014 election cycle. Abrams held firm that Kemp was impeding the voting rights of African-American individuals in the state.

After the president gives his State of the Union speech, the opposition party gets a chance to respond.

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