Abrams told reporters Thursday that she’s excited to be with Jill Biden “because she brings both a voice and a gravity to the issues we face in the state.”
“I want to be a partner to the White House, not in opposition to it,” Abrams said, “because billions of dollars are coming to the state because of Joe Biden’s leadership, because of the leadership of (Sens.) Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff and our Democrats in our congressional delegation.”
Friday’s event will not be open to the public. It will be held shortly before Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker meet in their first and likely only televised debate.
Abrams’ approach to Biden is a contrast to Warnock, who has emphasized his work across the aisle with Republicans more than his ties to the president. Walker has asserted he’s voted “lockstep” with Biden, a message the GOP contender is expected to emphasize at the debate.
Many Democrats in Georgia and other states are “trying to distance themselves from the president by touting their independence” as their opponents attempt to brand them as his lackeys, said Nathan Price, a University of North Georgia political scientist.
“However, Abrams may feel like this is a risk worth taking if it helps energize her base,” he added.
Greg Bluestein contributed to this report.