Abrams talks abortion rights, expanding Medicaid in one-on-one interview with Channel 2

ATLANTA — In a one-on-one interview with Channel 2 Action News, Stacey Abrams says she ready for a tough race to become Georgia’s next governor.

Channel 2′s Justin Wilfon spoke with the Democratic candidate for governor after she delivered a speech Friday night at the Democratic Party of Georgia State Dinner.

During her speech, Abrams spoke passionately about abortion rights.

After her speech, Wilfon asked her how she would try to keep abortion legal as Georgia’s governor.

“Georgia’s not supposed to be a state that denies women their bodily autonomy and denies reproductive health. As governor, I would veto any attempts to further ban abortion in this state, but I would also work diligently with our legislators to try to roll back the restrictions that are putting our women in jeopardy,” Abrams said.

But first she would need to win.

Polls show Abrams slightly behind Gov. Brian Kemp and former Sen. David Perdue, the two men vying for the Republican nomination.

“We know Georgia is a divided state. Every election has been fairly narrow with the losses and the victories. Our responsibility in ‘22 is to ignore the polls and focus on the people and that’s what I’m doing,” Abrams said.

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She also told Wilfon she’s not worried about low Democratic turn-out in the Georgia primary.

“Yes, we are seeing more Republicans turn out, but we know that is not a precursor to what will happen in November. In November, we will see record turn-out from Democrats, and we will see victory,” Abrams said.

In his speeches, Kemp often says he’s fighting to not only keep Abrams out of the governor’s mansion, but also out of the White House. Wilfon asked Abrams if she wants to be president.

“My focus is winning this election for the people of Georgia, and that’s going to be the mission now through November, and for the next four years,” Abrams said.

Abrams said she would fight inflation by expanding Medicaid in Georgia, something she said would reduce healthcare costs.

For now, she says she’s campaigning – and waiting – to see who she will face in November.

“I’m going to let them fight it out,” Abrams said.

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