*More than 300 delegates to the Democratic National Convention and members of the Democratic National Committee have signed a statement urging Joe Biden, to choose Rep. Karen Bass as a “unity” vice presidential pick, Politico reports.
The endorsement makes the case that the California congresswoman, head of the Congressional Black Caucus, would help bring together all factions of the party – most notably, progressive Bernie Sanders supporters. But Bass has come under fire in recent weeks for past remarks praising Scientology, and calling former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro “comandante en jefe,” or commander in chief.
Supporters shrug off the criticism as “redbaiting,” saying she’s being targeted by Republicans because of her endorsements from the far left.
“We, delegates to the DNC for Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and others, believe Congresswoman Karen Bass is the best choice among vice presidential candidates under consideration to help unify our party and move our nation forward,” the announcement reads. “We urge Vice President Biden to choose her to join the ticket.”
Several prominent progressives have expressed admiration for Bass in recent weeks, including some who backed Bernie Sanders during the primary. Dolores Huerta, a labor icon who endorsed Kamala Harris in the primary, publicly threw her weight behind Bass. Nina Turner, former co-chair of Sanders’ 2020 campaign, signed on to the statement too.
Below, Bass explains her Cuba comments and shares her thoughts about being considered for VP in an interview on “Meet the Press” last Sunday (Aug 2). Watch below.