Stacey Abrams at DNC: Democrats on the cusp of a ‘new American majority’

George House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

George House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams drew a rousing applause for her forceful defense of Hillary Clinton, declaring her to be a leader for a “new American majority.”

The Georgia Democrat told the delegates about her hardscrabble upbringing in Mississippi in a family that was “hit time and again by economic insecurity that was too often driven by racism, sexism and the ills that come with being born in the wrong Zip code.”

“No matter how little we may have had, there was always someone with less,” said Abrams, long considered a potential candidate for higher office in Georgia. “And it was our job to serve that person. To know that even the most powerful among us, the strongest among us, did not rise up alone.”

Then Abrams launched into her case for Clinton, who she said “understands that government at all levels is a profound expression of our common humanity, and our shared values – our aspirations not our fears.”

Said Abrams, invoking some of her party’s fights in Georgia:

“I’m here today as part of a new American majority, one that has the courage to work together rather than tear our nation apart. We are the architects of solutions to help families raise healthy children and make a living wage rather than crippling our economic future and pushing dangerous policies that deny Medicaid expansion and reproductive choice. We fight for more because that is who we are.”

Here’s the full text:

I join you today from the great state of Georgia, where I am honored to lead the Democrats in the Georgia House of Representatives and serve on the board of the DLCC.

Growing up as the daughter of a librarian and a shipyard worker in Southern Mississippi, my family was hit time and again by the economic insecurity that is driven by racism, sexism, and the ills that come with being born in the wrong zip code.

Still, every day, my parents taught us to celebrate through service the grace that is America. To understand that no matter how little we may have had, there was always someone with less, and it was our job to serve that person. To know that even the strongest and most powerful among us do not rise up alone. No matter where we start, we all need help — we all need opportunity. And when we succeed, we prosper together. That grace changes the lives of our families, our communities, our country, and the fortunes of the generations who will follow.

Hillary Clinton understands that government — at all levels — is a profound expression of our common humanity — and our shared values. Our aspirations, not our fears. That is why I am so very proud to stand with this remarkable woman, with the thousands of my fellow state legislators, and with each of you — as we elect Hillary to be the 45th President of the United States.

I am here today as part of a New American Majority, one that has the courage to work together rather than tear our nation apart. We are the architects of solutions to help families raise healthy children and make a living wage, rather than crippling our economic future and pushing dangerous policies that deny Medicaid Expansion and reproductive choice. We fight for more because that is who we are.

The Democratic Party is the party of civil rights and human rights, of space flight and moon shots. We will always be the party of progress and inclusion, and we will not allow this country to return to an era of discrimination. We will elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, a leader who sees the future and races toward it, fearless and bold. Because we know that America is and must always be…United Together.


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