“Twenty-six years ago as a college freshman, I along with many other Georgians – including the governor of Georgia – were deeply disturbed by the racial divisiveness that was embedded in the state flag with that Confederate symbol,” said Abrams, the Democrat trying to become the next governor of Georgia, in response to a question at a debate Tuesday night.
“I took an action of peaceful protest,” Abrams continued, largely echoing her defense made in a statement to CNN earlier Tuesday.
That involvement came to light just before Abrams was set to debate her Republican opponent – Kemp, the Republican secretary of state – on Tuesday and two weeks before Georgians head to the polls to decide which candidate will be the next governor of their state. The question to Abrams was the only time the flag burning was mentioned at the debate.
“What I’m fighting for now is more of Georgia values,” Abrams said, and talked about expanding Medicaid in the state, improving the education system and creating jobs in all counties of Georgia.