The former gubernatorial candidate also rebuked the governor for thwarting attempts to mandate the use of face masks.
"It's one team, one fight," Senator Duckworth said.
A new poll found that a greater number of white Americans think it's important for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to select a woman of color as his running mate when compared to Black Americans.
The high-profile killings of black men in recent weeks have ramped up the pressure on Joe Biden to pick a black woman as his running mate, with Senator Kamala Harris and former Georgia candidate for Governor Stacey Abrams mentioned most often.
"I've had a conversation with some folks," Governor Gretchen Whitmer said.
"If I thought that this man had done that, then I could not be in this space," Abrams said.
More than a quarter of Democratic voters back Senator Elizabeth Warren to be Biden's running mate.
Abrams announced her support for the presumptive Democratic nominee and said he's innocent of the charge made by a former Senate aide.
The former Georgia gubernatorial candidate called the decision to reopen the state's economy a political move.
"They're speaking to young black women, young women of color, young people of color who wonder if they too can be seen," Abrams said.
"I worked for two years to become the governor of the state of Michigan," Whitmer said.
"We have to have candidates who are able to not only speak to them, but turn them out," Stacey Abrams said.
Warren and Abrams both asserted this week that they would be eager to join the presumptive Democratic nominee's ticket.
Most every Democrat and progressive will support Biden, regardless of who is selected #2. But the real Democratic imperative is to win back the large number of blue collar voters who abandoned Hillary in 2016.
Andrew Yang received the second highest level of support from respondents.
If the former vice president wins the race, a woman of color has the power to energize any progressives disappointed that their preferred candidate did not secure the nomination, the Democratic strategists said.
The senator from Vermont and his surrogates have offered some clues as to who the progressive presidential hopeful could choose.
After a federal judge ruled to ban the the state's current election system, its proposed $107 million overhaul has come under fire, too.
Abrams is a newly prominent figure within a Democratic Party that has struggled to coalesce around an individual leader.
Abrams said running for president and pursuing a seat in the Senate "are not interchangeable."
"We are asking for basic human rights to be made whole and real in the United States," said Stacey Abrams at the Women in the World summit.
Abrams, who lost Georgia's gubernatorial race in 2018, said that before she could decide on a White House run she had to decide whether to run for the Senate.
Abrams refused to deny she was planning a 2020 run.
"Why? Because so far I'm liking the candidates and she'd be another one I'd like," Donald Trump told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.
Abrams made history Tuesday as the first black woman to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union.
Stacey Abrams "seemed to get more to what people's lives are like in the reality," Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said.
"How can a president of the United States give a State of the Union speech and not mention climate change?" asked Senator Bernie Sanders.
"Stacey Abrams embodies the American Dream, and her powerful message of progress for all is deeply needed during this time for our country," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement last week.