MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked Abrams on Wednesday if she had the experience necessary, including that of crisis management and international affairs, to step in and take over for Biden if she were called to do that.
Abrams is leaving the decision up to Biden, but she is sure she is ready despite being questioned about her qualifications and capacity to do the job.
“I leave it to him to make his choice and I can’t decide which questions I’m going to get from fantastic journalists like yourself and others,” Abrams said.
She added, “My only obligation and my only opportunity is to be as forthright and clear as I can and that is to say yes I’m qualified and ready.”
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Abrams has been vocal about her willingness to be Biden’s running mate in the past, as IJR previously reported.
She said she thinks she would make an “excellent” running mate and would be “honored” to accept the position.
Abrams listed a few of the projects she has been working on as evidence she is qualified, including protecting elections, ensuring all Americans are included in the census, and providing food to food banks across three states.
She believes her answers to questions about her qualifications have been “mischaracterized.”
“I’m doing the work of service and I’m doing the work of trying to meet the needs that we have on a national level,” Abrams said. “When I get the question though I answer it and that has been I think mischaracterized as auditioning or pitching and what I’m trying to do is be as straight forward and direct as I can.”
Abrams also told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday that she has not “been pitching myself, which has been a mischaracterization, I think.”
.@staceyabrams on being a potential Biden VP pick: “I haven’t been pitching myself… [But] my answer must be unequivocal, because I’m not simply speaking for myself. I’m also speaking to that young woman of color who is thinking about what is in her future.” pic.twitter.com/UBmbl4fE54— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) May 6, 2020
Biden continues his search for a running mate. He has vowed to select a woman for the position.