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The first Black woman in the U.S. to lead a legislative house. Will She soon be VP?
Date: Jun 29 2020 Submitted By:   Admin

Former Vice President Joe Biden could do worse than to choose U.S. Rep. Karen Bass of Los Angeles as his running mate.

He could, for example, select one of the far better-known vice presidential contenders: Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts or another Californian, Sen. Kamala Harris.

Warren, 71, and Biden just aren’t in sync ideologically. And her outspoken, liberal views on such issues as “Medicare for all” and corporate tax hikes could turn off moderate voters in crucial battleground states that sided with President Trump in 2016.

Harris, 55, might be a good governing partner for Biden. She’s capable of modifying her positions to fit the situation. And Biden apparently is drawn to her — despite Harris’ harsh attacks on him in an early presidential campaign debate — because she and his late son, Beau, were close allies when both were state attorneys general.

But Harris carries baggage because of risk-averse performances as California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney. She tended not to fight for things she should have, such as abolishing capital punishment, lowering prison sentences and enacting substantive police reform.

Harris would be a historic choice for Biden — the first woman of color nominated for vice president by a major party. But so would Bass, 66, who is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and only recently was placed on Biden’s potential list of running mates.

Bass’ assets: Everyone likes her. She’s comfortable to be around and is able to deal with Republicans. She doesn’t make enemies. She’s smart, energetic and successful at achieving goals — such as shepherding a sweeping police reform bill through the House last week and attaining major reforms in foster children programs a decade ago as speaker of the California Assembly.

She’s calmly articulate, not bombastic. Liberal, but not fiery.

Most important for any VP selection, Bass wouldn’t hurt the ticket. She’d probably help by adding a positive, reassuring force.

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