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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Saturday that Georgia was “the worst state in the country to live in,” despite owning at least two homes there.
“I’m running for governor because I know we need to have a conversation about who we are in this state and what we want for each other and each other,” Abrams said during a speech at the Gwinnett Democrats’ Bluetopia Gala in Norcross, according to audio released by the Gwinnett Daily Post.
“I’m sick of hearing that we’re the best state in the country to do business when we’re the worst state in the country to live in,” she said.
Abrams acknowledged that such a statement would be “politicized” and further explained that his state has a lot to do with issues such as mental health and incarceration.
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“Let me contextualize,” she said. “When you’re #48 in mental health, when we’re #1 in maternal mortality, when you have a rising incarceration rate and falling wages, then you’re not #1. live.”
“Georgia is capable of greatness, but we need greatness to be in our governor’s office. We need someone who actually believes in bringing us all together,” she added.
Abrams, who is worth more than $3 million and owned at least two homes in Georgia last year, later doubled down on his “worst state” comment on Twitter, writing that his Republican rival, Gov. Brian Kemp, “s ‘on record’ about Georgians.
“GA may be #1 for business, but we’re #48 in mental health, #2 in uninsured. #1 in maternal mortality and new HIV cases, #9 in gun violence,” she wrote. “For too many people, Kemp’s Georgia doesn’t include them. Why ? Because #KempDoesntCare.
Kemp fired back at Abrams in a tweet, saying Georgia “is the best state to live, work and raise a family.”
During his speech, Abrams said Kemp “failed so miserably on so many accounts,” including his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
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“You don’t have to be a Democrat to know climate change is real. You don’t have to be a Democrat to understand that criminal justice reform is the way forward,” he said. she stated. “Brian Kemp doesn’t care.”