Democratic presidential candidate Robert “Beto” O’Rourke just gave a hint about who he might select as his running mate in the 2020 election.
During a campaign stop, O’Rourke was asked by an audience member if he had any female candidates in mind to serve as his running mate if he secures the Democratic nomination.
The failed Texas senatorial candidate mentioned Stacey Abrams, the failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate who still has not conceded her election loss from last November and is around $200,000 in personal debt.
Beto O'Rourke floats Stacey Abrams as his running mate. pic.twitter.com/gz74MGs7kL
— Molly Prince (@mollyfprince) May 13, 2019
Why would O’Rourke choose someone with so much baggage to potentially serve as his running mate?
Abrams lost her bid for the governor of Georgia against Republican Brian Kemp in a race that garnered national attention.
Despite losing to Kemp 50.2 percent to 48.8 percent, Abrams has yet to concede the election and accused Kemp — without any evidence — of suppressing black voters.
One main point Kemp pushed during the election was that Abrams owes around $200,000 in debt.
Here more from a Yahoo report on Abrams massive personal debt:
Abrams wrote an op-ed for Fortune in April, in which she argued her personal debt shouldn’t disqualify her from running for governor.
She owes more than $227,000 in credit card debt, student loan debt and back taxes. She also owes $178,500 in real estate debt and $4,434 on a car loan.
Abrams owes back taxes in the amount of $40,201 for 2015 and $13,851 for 2016. In a Yahoo Finance exclusive interview, Abrams acknowledged she was supposed to pay quarterly taxes on self-employment income over the course of the year, but other priorities interfered.
It’s no secret that student loan debt is crippling a generation, but Abrams isn’t actually part of the generation we widely consider the hardest hit by student loans. Abrams is a Gen-Xer, born in 1973. She owes $96,512 in student loan debt — nearly three times the national average.
Abrams is also a conspiracy theorist.
Last week, she claimed that if voter suppression wasn’t addressed properly in 2020, “we will be having a very different conversation, potentially in Russian, in 2030.”
“There’s no more fundamental and national-security crisis than the theft of our elections, not simply through Russian hacking, which is incredibly important and we have to pay attention to it, but by the suppression of the very voters whose voices could change the direction of our country,” she said.
“If we do not secure our democracy and ensure that every vote counts in 2020, we will be having a very different conversation, possibly in Russian, in 2030,” she said.
That is who O’Rourke is reportedly considering to be his running mate and potential next vice president if he wins the election.
Someone who lost their last election by 50,000 votes, hasn’t conceded the race, and owes just shy of a quarter of a million dollars in debt.