Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee running for Georgia governor, is defending her actions at a 1992 protest where she burned a Georgia state flag that included Confederate markings. "Mr. Kemp and his allies have sought to portray her as 'too extreme for Georgia'".
"During Stacey Abrams' college years, Georgia was at a crossroads, struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the Confederacy, the sharpest of which was the inclusion of the Confederate emblem in the Georgia state flag", read a statement from Abrams' campaign, first obtained by The New York Times. "This conversation was sweeping across Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders, and students engaged in the ultimately successful effort to change the flag".
"What I've asked for is that you allow those that are legally eligible to vote, to allow them to cast their ballots", she said.
When Abrams was in college, more than half the Georgia state flag was made up of the Confederate emblem, which squeezed the Georgia state seal into a small rectangle on the left. "The idea that he, as Secretary of State, would be "concerned" that hardworking Georgians are exercising their right to vote is disgraceful and outrageous", said Abigail Collazo, Director of Strategic Communications for the Abrams campaign.
If she wins, Abrams would be the first black female governor in the country. The latest, 2003 iteration of the Georgia state flag erases the "Stainless Banner" altogether.More news: Trump hopes to pick United Nations ambassador from five candidates
After tracing her youth in the state's public schools and recalling her time at Spelman College in Atlanta, Abrams spoke about her role in the demonstration decades ago.
Abrams, 44, has talked about the issue of Confederate memorials as part of the governor's race and has called for the removal of the Confederate carving on Stone Mountain near Atlanta.
Speaking at a meet and greet, Booker said Abrams inspires him "like no one else ever has".
"Paid for by founders of the 2nd KKK, the monument had no goal other than celebration of racism, terror & division when carved in 1915", she wrote in a series of tweets.
Early in his remarks, Kemp complained about the "tens of millions of dollars that [Abrams' campaign] are putting behind the get-out-the-vote effort to their base" before claiming that the Abrams was hoping to gain from on absentee ballot requests. In their Tuesday debate, the first of two, Abrams twice warned that Kemp's record in Georgia had created and sustained worries over the election process that could both turn away and scare off potential voters.