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Joe Biden narrows down his VP list with Karen Bass emerging as one of several key contenders 2020 08



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and Susan Rice, Barack Obamas former national security adviser, are also believed to be among the most serious contenders., the 66-year-old chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, has gained real traction in the late stage of the search. Amid furious last-minute lobbying and speculation about Bidens historic decision, California Sen. Kamala HarrisIn more than two dozen interviews with CNN in recent days, members of Congress, top Democratic donors, Biden allies and others close to the vice presidential vetting process said California Rep. Karen BassThe search continues to be conducted under extreme secrecy, with even many top campaign advisers in the dark about the vetting process. Several additional women have also gone through extensive examination by the Biden team, including Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Florida Rep. Val Demings and Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth. Others, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham have also received various levels of scrutiny by the vetting team. Bidens team has yet to tell any of the women theyve considered in earnest for the vice presidential role that they are officially out of the running, people familiar with the process said, with one source saying 11 women are still formally being considered. Bass new emergence as one of the top contenders has been propelled by intensive lobbying on her behalf by some of her colleagues in the House including influential California Democrats and top donors. Her star has risen after Speaker Nancy Pelosi recommended weeks ago that Bass should not be overlooked. Theyve reached out to members of Bidens inner circle in recent weeks, making an impassioned case for why the congresswoman should not be overlooked in the search process. Her backers have painted her as a universally liked and respected member of the House, a team player with experience working with Republicans and leading

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