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How Rep. Karen Bass Became A Leading VP Contender

Added 07-31-20 05:54:02pm EST - “The California representative and former state Assembly speaker has emerged as a leading challenger to be Joe Biden's running mate.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “How Rep. Karen Bass Became A Leading VP Contender”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s leaders were deadlocked and on the verge of financial catastrophe in 2008. Five negotiators, including Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, couldn’t agree on a budget that would guide the nation’s most populous state through the Great Recession.

Enter Karen Bass, who became Assembly speaker that May, the first Black woman to hold the role. She shifted the tone of the talks, helping the group find common ground.

“When Karen came into the Big 5, everything changed,” said Mike Villines, then the Republican Assembly leader. “We started to make little progress on little things, and it led to bigger progress.”

A dozen years later, the bridge-building, unassuming style that colleagues say made Bass an effective leader in Sacramento is among the reasons the current California congresswoman has emerged as a leading contender to become Joe Biden’s running mate. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee appeared with Bass for the first time at a fundraiser on Thursday. He plans to make a pick next week. 

A former physician’s assistant and community organizer, Bass said she brings experience to tackle the nation’s economic, racial and health care crises.

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