In a new interview with “CBS Sunday Morning,” the failed Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams admitted that she “absolutely” is planning to run for president in the future.

Abrams Sounds Off

“You earlier said people take voting for granted,” Abrams said. “When you’ve never had to think about the hardship of voting, then yes, these conversations on voter suppression seem absurd to you.”

“When you have never spent more than seven minutes in line, it is nearly impossible to imagine that there are poor Black people who stand in line for eight hours, miss an entire day’s wages, risk losing their jobs simply to cast a ballot in an election that may or may not have any benefit in their lives,” she added. 

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Abrams ‘Absolutely’ Wants To Run For President

“Ensuring that right to vote may someday help Abrams achieve her greatest dream, running for President,” said host Erin Moriarty.

“Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely,” Abrams replied.

“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,” she said. “It’s about, you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of.”

Abrams Talks Her Book Characters

Abrams also said in this interview that her “smart and gutsy” book characters reflected who she was.

“If you don’t know the name Selena Montgomery, here’s a hint, It’s the pen name of a bestselling author who has written eight romance novels, and now, her first thriller,” Moriarty said. “And this book, ‘While Justice Sleeps,’ bears her real name: Stacey Abrams.”

“I think people will be surprised. If they don’t know that I’ve written fiction before, they will be surprised,” Abrams replied, at which time Moriarty asked, “How do you have time for not only just writing these books but the research that’s involved?”

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Abrams Doubles Down

“I’m the daughter of a research librarian,” Abrams said. “I grew up not only writing, but learning how to research, learning how to dive in and think strategically about how to learn new things.”

“Your main character is always a woman of color who’s smart and gutsy and cool under pressure, in short, Stacey Abrams?” Moriarty asked.

“Well, I try to emulate my characters, and I try to have my characters reflect who I am,” Abrams said.

This piece was written by James Samson on May 9, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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