Joe Biden Team Denies Rumor of 'Pre-Cooked' Ticket With Stacey Abrams as VP Candidate

A spokesman for Joe Biden on Friday denied the rumor that Biden has already chosen Stacey Abrams to be his potential running mate on the 2020 Democratic presidential ticket.

Bill Russo, who's a spokesman for Biden, said the former vice president "has an enormous amount of respect" for Abrams, but that the notion of a "pre-cooked" ticket was "false."

"@JoeBiden has an enormous amount of respect for @staceyabrams (it is why he endorsed her!) -- but these rumors about discussions on a pre-cooked ticket are false, plain and simple," Russo tweeted.

With Biden considered a frontrunner among the 2020 presidential candiates, rumors swirled that he would choose Abrams, who's a younger African-American woman, a progressive and someone who got her name out there during a recent gubernatorial run in Georgia.

The Hill reported Abrams made sense as a running mate with Biden so he would have in-roads with the black community, and he could benefit from her possibly pulling the younger and more progressive votes.

Though Abrams reportedly met with Biden last week in Washington, Lauren Groh-Wargo, who was the campaign manager for then-governor candidate Abrams, said nothing has been planned, and that Abrams intends to meet with any candidates to keep "all options for herself on the table."

"@staceyabrams enjoyed meeting with @JoeBiden. There was no grand plan hatched and no additional conversations between the two of them or our teams since," Groh-Wargo wrote. "She will meet with any potential or declared candidates for pres who ask while she keeps all options for herself on the table."

If anyone knows about running on a diverse ticket for the highest-elected office in the country, it would certainly be Biden. The former senator was the vice-presidential choice for Barack Obama on the Democratic ticket in 2008. The two led the White House for eight years after Obama's historic win in 2008 to become America's first black president.

Abrams went from relatively unknown in political circles to highly popular after her run for Georgia governor last year, which she narrowly lost.

At the annual SXSW festival in Austin two weeks ago, where many prominent Democratic lawmakers made appearances, Abrams told reporters that in 2020 she would be "46, and the job I want will be one that pays."

"My task—no matter what my job is—my task is to make certain that a Democrat is elected not only to the White House but that we have a Democratic majority in the Senate and a Democratic majority in Congress," Abrams said.

Abrams went on to say she might be ready for a run as president in 2028 after she has "done the work that I thought necessary to be effective in that job."

That said, she still hasn't ruled out joining the already-crowded field of 2020 Democratic candidates.

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