Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), one of the potential leading contenders to be presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate said in an interview that she is “not a socialist” and “a communist.”
“I’m not a socialist. I’m not a communist. I’ve belonged to one party my entire life and that’s the Democratic Party and I’m a Christian,” Bass told NBC News in an interview published Monday evening.
Bass, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was rising to the top of the field as possible vice presidents pick for Biden, but her chances are slowly diminishing as her past remarks are coming back to haunt her. The past week, Bass has faced scrutiny from Republicans and the media over her multiple visits to Cuba and now-renounced praise of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro.