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CBS’s Gayle King To Failed Candidate Stacey Abrams: ‘You’re Extremely Qualified To Be Vice President’

CBS’s Gayle King lavished praise on failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, noting that ‘everybody knows’ Abrams is ‘extremely qualified.’


CBS’s Gayle King told failed Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and romance novelist Stacey Abrams Tuesday morning that “everybody” knows Abrams is qualified for the White House.

“Joe Biden’s looking for a VP… Why do you think you would be a good choice for Joe Biden?” King asked.

“Part of my response to not becoming governor in 2018 was not to hide my head, but to really work on addressing the core issues facing our country,” Abrams said, going on to tout her nonprofit work on elections after claiming her own election was rigged. “I believe I have the capacity, the competence, the skills, and the willingness to serve.”

“That’s a great nuts-and-bolts answer, because everybody knows you’re extremely qualified,” King said in response.

King’s praise comes as Abrams breaks tradition to actively campaign for the number two spot that presumptive 2020 Democrat presidential nominee Biden has pledged to a female candidate.

In 2018, Abrams, who served in the Georgia legislature for ten years and has written at least eight romance novels under the pen name “Selena Montgomery,” rose to the national spotlight after suffering a narrow defeat in the Georgia gubernatorial race, which she has derided as an unfair result of voter suppression ever since.

Abrams told King she had been in direct talks with the Biden campaign to discuss voting-rights issues with the team.

Despite never holding elected office higher than state representative, Abrams is pitching herself to be on the ticket with Biden. Last week, Abrams told Elle Magazine she had “25 years in independent study of foreign policy” that qualified her for the job.

“I would be an excellent running mate,” Abrams told Elle. “If I am selected, I am prepared and excited to serve.”

Other possible nominees Biden is said to be considering include Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and Florida Democratic Rep. Val Demings.