Stacey Abrams says she 'absolutely' has ambitions of running for president, and has 'a responsibility' to be honest about it

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Stacey Abrams speaks at Bustle's 2019 Rule Breakers Festival at LeFrak Center at Lakeside on September 21, 2019 in Brooklyn, New York. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Bustle
  • Stacey Abrams said she owes it to younger generations to be honest about her presidential ambitions.

  • The former Democratic nominee for Georgia governor made the comments to CBS, airing Sunday.

  • "It's about, you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of," she said.

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Stacey Abrams said in an interview schedule to air Sunday morning that it's important for her to be honest about wanting to run for president one day.

Rising stars in American politics generally deflect questions about White House ambitions, but Abrams argued being open about it can help younger people who may not see themselves in positions of power.

"Do I hold it as an ambition? Absolutely," she told "CBS Sunday Morning." "And even more importantly, when someone asks me if that's my ambition, I have a responsibility to say 'Yes,' for every young woman, every person of color, who sees me and decides what they're capable of based on what I think I am capable of."

"It's about, you cannot have those things you refuse to dream of," she added.

Abrams made similar comments over the summer when she was the subject of speculation around being President Joe Biden's running mate.

She has also noted that discussions around ambition in American politics can be loaded depending on a politician's identity, with Black women facing more scrutiny for being overly ambitious.

In 2018, Abrams lost to Republican Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp in one of the most closely watched gubernatorial races in the country that year. Since then, she focused on voting rights and ballot access, earning widespread credit in Democratic circles for helping flip both of the Peach State's Senate seats in early 2021.

Biden said in May that she "can be anything she wants to be, from whatever she chooses to president."

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