>> Here in Georgia there are two women named Stacey, both lawyers, both former Democratic state legislators who each think they can turn Georgia blue and be the first democratic governor in two decades. One wants to change hearts and minds. The other wants to activate a dormant democratic base, which in many cases are voters of color who often stay home.
Reuters Letitia Stein has been following the candidates.>> One of the main points of debate for Democrats nationally and the autopsy of why they lost the 2016 presidential elections is which voters they fail to reach. Was it a matter of not talking enough to the working class white voters?
Or was it a matter of simply not turning at a Democratic base. That is a central division that has been tested in this Democratic gubernatorial primary. Stacey Abrams aims to become the first African American female governor anywhere in the nation. And she said, she can do it without winning over a single Republican vote.
>> Unfortunately, we've watched for the last decade as very qualified and capable candidates. Mean aggressive campaigns to convince those Republican voters to be a Democratic, it does not work.>> And then there's Stacy Evans, whose vision is rooted in her personal story haven grown up in rural Georgia, and a succession of orphan thriller harms, with the single mum who had her as a teenager.
>> I think that the Democratic party is done a very poor job of going out into rural areas and making the case for why folks should vote for a Democrat. And I think that's unfortunate. Republicans go, and they're not afraid to persuade our moderate Democratic voters, and they do.
We cannot be afraid to go on the other side.>> And that's where the central difference between the two Staceys lies, on whether you can convert a voter in these highly partisan times.>> I don't know of any movement, any change in this country that's ever happened by just waiting out the people that disagree with you.
And the idea that they are not persuadable voters is insulting to voters.>> I'm not eschewing any Republican vote. I would love to have Republicans vote for me. But I'm not willing to compromise my principles to convince them that, the beliefs that I hold to be dear are identical to theirs.
But what I will do is talk about a vision for Georgia, that is so broad, and so compelling. That I hope Republicans decide they want to vote.>> These ideas will be put to the test in the Georgia primary in May of 2018.>> We are on our way to victory, thank you so much for having me here.