Abrams meets Bi­den to dis­cuss her next step

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS - – Cox News­pa­pers

AT­LANTA – Stacey Abrams met Thurs­day with for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den in Wash­ing­ton to dis­cuss her next po­lit­i­cal step – and pre­sum­ably his, too. And the sit-down be­tween the two comes as each are weigh­ing 2020 bids that could in­ter­sect.

Bi­den would be­come one of the lead­ing can­di­dates for pres­i­dent if he en­ters the race, while Abrams is weigh­ing a bid for U.S. Se­nate, a re­match for Ge­or­gia gov­er­nor – and has raised the pos­si­bil­ity of her own White House bid.

It’s the lat­est in a string of meet­ings Abrams has had with White House con­tenders. She’s hud­dled with Sen. Cory Booker in Ne­wark, lunched with Sen. Ka­mala Har­ris in Wash­ing­ton and dined with Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren in At­lanta.

Like other high-pro­file Democrats, Bi­den en­dorsed Abrams dur­ing last year’s run for gov­er­nor, and sched­uled a trip to cam­paign with her in Ge­or­gia be­fore post­pon­ing it.

Abrams’ nar­row Novem­ber loss to Gov. Brian Kemp has only pro­pelled her na­tional pro­file, and she’s set an April dead­line to de­cide whether to chal­lenge Sen. David Per­due next year, pre­pare for a 2022 re­match against Kemp or take an­other step.

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