Georgia Dem: 'You Shouldn't Have to Work More Than One Job Full-Time to Make a Living'

By Susan Jones | October 15, 2018 | 6:05 AM EDT

Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

( - Stacey Abrams, the Democrat hoping to make history as the first black governor of Georgia, was asked by CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday if she believes the "Trump economy" has been good for Georgia.

Abrams credited President Barack Obama, not Trump:

I would say that the Obama economy and that Nathan Deal, as governor, have both done a very good job of shepherding our society.

But the problem we have is that, while our unemployment rate has fallen, we still are a low-wage state, where you have a lot of folks who are working two or three of those jobs.

And I'm running for governor because you shouldn't have to work more than one job full-time to make a living. You shouldn't have to fight to get access to health care. We shouldn't have rural hospitals shutting down because of our refusal to expand Medicaid.

I'm running for governor because I want to be the governor for everyone, not just those who are succeeding in our current economy, but for everyone who needs good education, good jobs, and access to health care.

Host Jake Tapper noted that Georgia has not elected a Democrat governor in two decades, and he also told Abrams that she seems to be "more progressive than the average Georgian." He asked Abrams why she's a good fit for governor:

"Because what I'm talking about is progress for all of us," Abrams said. "Making certain that your family income and your zip code doesn't determine your education shouldn't just be a progressive value. It's a smart value.

"Believing that we should join 33 other states in drawing down billions of dollars for health care to protect preexisting conditions and those who are working hard that simply are too poor to afford insurance, that's not a progressive or liberal -- that's not a progressive or conservative value. It's a good economic decision.

"That's why Democrats and Republicans have expanded Medicaid. And believing that we should create good jobs in all 159 counties should be something that every single governor wants to do."


Abrams is also using "voter suppression" as a campaign issue, blasting her Republican opponent -- the sitting Secretary of State -- for following a law passed by Georgia's Legislature.

The law says the name on a person's government-issued ID must exactly match the name on the voter rolls, right down to the last hyphen or whatever.

Abrams says some 53,000 people have been caught up in a "flawed system" that is designed "to both scare people out of voting" and make it more difficult for those who are willing to try.

As Abrams told Tapper, "What about those low-propensity voters in those tiny communities who are finally stepping up and saying, this is my turn to cast my ballot, only to find that they are disenfranchised? They don't know that they can go to the polls. They get a confusing letter saying there's something wrong with their registration. And more than likely they will sit out this election.

"The miasma of fear that is created through voter suppression is as much about terrifying people about trying to vote as it is about actually blocking their ability to do so."

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