Bass on VP talk: 'willing to serve' however I can

The top Biden vice president competitor faced sexist sentiments and underwent strict scrutiny during the final stretching process

Since Biden considered nearly twelve women participating in the ticketing event for many months, California Senator Kamala Harris (Kamala Harris) seemed natural, because of her resume, her popularity supported “black life issues” “Protests and advocating legislation to curb police brutality. But in the past week, some close allies of Biden have long been upset about Harris’ ambitions and her attacks on Biden in the June 2019 debate.

Then, this weekend, it was a hot topic for California Rep. Karen Bass, as the Trump campaign highlighted her trip to Cuba as a young activist and questioned Biden (Biden). ) Will it “keep Karen Bass, a Communist who likes Castro away from the presidency””-Emphasizes the risks that Biden may face when choosing politicians, and when the other party is competing to define politicians People know almost nothing about it.

Although the Vice President’s vote rarely has a significant impact on the outcome of the election, Biden’s vote is becoming more and more important this year-not only because voters are worried about his age, but also because of the pandemic and In the painful recession, his team knew that he must choose a harmless and loyal partner to abide by the first rule of vice presidential politics.

The spectacle of the Vice President’s review process broke into the public eye, showing the decision-making difficulties Biden faced when narrowing his options, and the manipulation behind the scenes by potential hopers and those willing to replace them in their hands. Current role. (For example, the current living room game in California politics is speculating about who the Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom might appoint to the U.S. Senate if Harris is removed.)

Although Biden’s team has kept this process confidential, the former vice president made it clear from the beginning that he would choose a woman, and his team had a problem with Buss, Harris, and former Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice (Susan Rice). Rice) conducted a review-which is generally regarded as the most important contender-as well as Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Representative Val Demings of Florida. Other companies under consideration include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

“It will resist your ambitions”

For many months, some of Biden’s allies have been no secret Harris’ attack on Biden during the 2019 debate in Miami still exhilarated Harris. Decades ago, Harris criticized Biden for opposing buses in a young Delaware senator. He boasted that he had found a way to cooperate with segregationist senators (commenting that she said she found injuries ).

Her knockout slam in Miami gave her a short boost in the polls, but it became a potential blow to her. Biden looked shocked and injured at that moment, partly because the two Democrats were long-term allies, and Harris was close to his late son Beau Biden, who was also attorney general at the time. , She is from California, and he is from Delaware.
Although Harris finally ended the presidential campaign before the voting began, that moment continued. One Political story Quoting former Connecticut State Senator Chris Dodd, a member of the Biden State Vice President’s Review Panel, told donors last Monday that Harris stated in this debate that she “does not regret Biden’s failure. “.
Defending her need is clearly Biden’s top priority, so much so that he was photographed at a press conference on Tuesday with a sheet of talking points about Harris, including: “Don’t hold a grudge”, “Brilliant” and “It’s a great help to the campaign”-sparked a new round of speculation that Harris will be his choice.

This public vent of dissatisfaction-and the widely circulated comments of some Biden supporters that Harris is too ambitious and may be too focused on her speech designed for the White House-led to the withdrawal of her allies and Harris last week. Friday myself.

In response to accusations of ambition, this is a strike at many other times in Harris’ political career. The California Democrats secretly invoked sexism when they said to the online audience of the Black Women Leaders 2020 Conference that there would be resistance. Someone will say to you: “You are not in your own driveway.” …you don’t let that burden. “

Low-key competitors suddenly become the focus

On Friday and Saturday, Biden’s Republican opposition unearthed opposition research on Bath. After years of congressional work, Bath received the support of the chairman and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the leader of the Democratic Party. And the strong support of grassroots members. Speaker of the California Parliament. (She is The first black woman Served this role in history).
CNN’s MJ Lee, Jeff Zeleny and Jasmine Wright reported last week that the low-key competitor Bass is widely praised among his peers because he is a skilled legislator, good at working in the aisle, and has gained a real reputation in the late vice president. Attractive. search for. She recently passed a police reform bill through the House of Representatives, which unites all Democrats. CNN reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told Biden’s team not to ignore her.
In anticipation of Biden’s announcement of his choice as early as next week, the Trump campaign spent a weekend focusing on Bass’s past comments on Cuba and Fidel Castro. As a 19-year-old activist, Si went to Cuba for the first time to build a house in 1973. A group called the “Venceremos” brigade. She told the Atlantic Recent interview She had been to Cuba eight times in the 1970s, and later returned to China many times as her focus shifted to legislation.

Republicans have been following Bass’s description of Castro when he died in 2016. She expressed condolences to the Cuban people and Castro’s family: “The death of General Germand is a huge loss to the Cuban people,” Bass said. In the statement, what she said was an attempt to translate “commander-in-chief”. I hope that the two countries will jointly embark on a new path of mutual support and cooperation and continue to develop in a new direction of diplomacy. “

Bass said that she did not celebrate Castro’s regime. She told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday’s “Meet the Media” program that she was “naive” in those years. She also emphasized that her recent work in Cuba focused on recruiting doctors to work in Cuba. Inland cities in the United States because they are “tuition-free.”

Bass said, “Right now, this is not enough to let me know that the Castro regime is a cruel regime for its people.” “I know there is no freedom of press, freedom of association.”

When she used the term “comandante en jefe” in 2016, she said that she didn’t think it was a phrase “loved” by Castro because many Floridans interpreted it as. “Let me say, Chuck, I learned my lesson. I won’t do it again. Talk to my colleague in Florida immediately and realize that it shouldn’t be said.”

Nevertheless, the Trump campaign is already using the Bass-Cuba connection to try to cause damage to Biden, Florida, which is an important battlefield state with a large population and influence.

At the Trump campaign press conference on Saturday, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio said that if Bath becomes the vice president, she will be “the highest-ranked Castro sympathizer in the history of the US government. At that time, the two regimes of Venezuela and Havana were crumbling on the brink of true collapse.”

Buss, 66, was also forced to defend her faith on Twitter on Saturday-pointing out that she “proudly” worshipped at the first New Christian Baptist Baptist Church in southern Los Angeles-in conservative media ” She spoke at the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Scientology Church in 2010 after she appeared on “Daily Caller.”

The California congresswoman explained Twitter She attended the opening ceremony of the Scientology building because it was in her congressional district. In her opening speech, she said that she had discovered a “consensus field of their beliefs”, that is, “all people, regardless of race, color or creed, are equal.”

She admitted that in the ten years since that speech, “first-hand statements published in books, interviews and documentaries have exposed this group” and “everyone is now aware of the allegations against scientism.”

Strengthen review

The pros and cons of every potential vice presidential contender will only become more intense next week. For example, Democrats are debating whether Demings can withstand her three-year tenure as Orlando police chief-whether it can quell criticism that Biden is too gentle on crime, or more likely alienate Mafia activists who say she is More should be done to change the system from within.

Iraqi veteran and Purple Heart Medalist Duckworth may face retreat from the Democratic left as he defeated Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Biden in the primary election After defeating the Democratic Party, she was too centrist. In the states ravaged by the coronavirus, Portos and Whitmer are in key ruling positions. If they suddenly change their positions and focus on the presidential election, they will be in a fragile and vulnerable position.

Former Georgia Rep. Stacey Abrams, who actively campaigned for Biden’s vice presidency, was asked if Biden would not pick the colored in the national reconciliation of race relations. People who hold this position may cause disappointment.

Abrams told CNN’s Dana Bash in his “State of the Union Address” on Sunday: “Joe Biden will choose the right partner for himself because he is the only one who will do this work. People.” “Although I think diversity is very important, and I think it’s absolutely good to see the changing face of the American leadership, but I hope Joe Biden will choose the right partner for us right now. It’s one of the economic crisis, the public health crisis and the justice crisis.”

The Biden campaign made history by examining the largest and most diverse field of female vice presidential candidates in history. In a highly polarized election cycle, as many Americans fight for their economic and material survival, this group may face stricter scrutiny than any group that appeared before them in the last round.

This story has been updated with comments from Karen Bass and Stacey Abrams.

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