Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is giving the Democratic rebuttal to Trump's State of the Union.
"Tonight, we are coming for America, for a better America," she said.
She recounted a story from her childhood, echoing that language.
Now, we only had one car, so sometimes my dad had to hitchhike and walk long stretches during the 30 mile trip home from the shipyards. One rainy night, Mom got worried. We piled in the car and went out looking for him — and eventually found Dad making his way along the road, soaked and shivering in his shirtsleeves. When he got in the car, Mom asked if he'd left his coat at work. He explained he’d given it to a homeless man he’d met on the highway. When we asked why he'd given away his only jacket, Dad turned to us and said, “I knew when I left that man, he’d still be alone. But I could give him my coat, because I knew you were coming for me.”
About the venue: Abrams is delivering her remarks from the IBEW Local 613 union hall in southwest Atlanta. This was the first local endorser of her 2018 campaign for Governor of Georgia. She has always had strong ties with labor.
Several members of IBEW Local 613 were in the audience.