Congresswoman Karen Bass Is Being Vetted To Be Joe Biden's Running Mate

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In an effort to select a woman of color as his running mate, Joe Biden is looking into Rep. Karen Bass from California

Karen Bass, a Congresswoman and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, is being vetted to be Joe Biden’s running mate in the coming presidential election, according to a report by CBS News.

Bass has been in Congress for five terms representing Los Angeles. She endorsed Biden for president in March, but she has not taken a stance on being vetted for Biden’s running mate.

Biden has faced recent pressure to select a woman of color to run alongside him in the next election. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Senator, recently withdrew her name from consideration for the position because she desperately wanted Biden to select a woman of color. Biden explained in a recent interview that the recent racial events have not dramatically altered his running mate decision-making.

Democrats in the House have voiced support for Bass, Majority Whip James Clyburn saying, "Karen Bass would be a big plus…she is a great person in my mind, I work with her every day.” Clyburn says that her experience as the first African American woman to lead the California Assembly gives her great leadership preparation for the White House.

Bass was awarded the Profile of Courage Award in 2010 for her bipartisan work in addressing the financial crisis in California in 2009. She also formerly worked as a physician assistant, so her experience in healthcare is notable given the current pandemic the country is facing.

Right now, as the current leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, Bass is trying to push an arrange of police reforms in light of recent protests.

One of the women helping Biden with his running mate decision is Delaware Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, who said in a recent livestream, "If we want to transform this country, this is the time to recognize...the leadership of black women. We won't be taken for granted."

Other women of color under Biden’s consideration include former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Rep. Val Demings, and Mayor of Atlanta Keisha Lance Bottoms. An announcement is to be expected around August 1.

Read the full report here.

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