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As presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden inches closer to announcing his choice for running-mate in the 2020 general election, Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), who is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, seems to have emerged as a potential top-tier candidate.

However, The Daily Caller recently unearthed a clip from April 2010 in which Bass, who was then a California assemblywoman, spoke at an event for a Church of Scientology building in Los Angeles.

Bass stated in part:

As both a leader in our state legislature and a representative of Los Angeles, my goal has been a simple one – to actually make a difference. So that’s why I first have to say that this day and this new Church of Scientology is an exciting moment because I know your goal and your commitment is truly to make a difference.

“It is my belief that if we really want to change this world, it is important that we think about how we treat each other. We have to treat all people with the respect they are due as human beings, and we must fight against oppression wherever we may find it,” Bass stated. “That is why the words are exciting of your founder, L. Ron Hubbard, in the creed of the Church of Scientology: that all people of whatever race, color, or creed are created with equal rights.”

“It’s a remarkable credit to your church that this is part of your creed. The Church of Scientology, I know, has made a difference because your creed is a universal creed, and one that speaks to all people, everywhere,” Bass continued.

Bass was elected to the House of Representatives later that same year, in November 2010.

Following the circulation of the clip online, Bass issued a statement on Twitter:

Just so you all know, I proudly worship at First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in South LA.

Ten years ago, I attended a new building opening in my district and spoke to what I think all of us believe in – respect for one another’s views, to treat all people with respect, and to fight against oppression wherever we find it. I found an area of agreement in their beliefs – where all people, of whatever race, color, or creed are created with equal rights, which is what my remarks were about. 

Since then, published first-hand accounts in books, interviews and documentaries have exposed this group. Everyone is now aware of the allegations against Scientology. Back in 2010, I attended the event knowing I was going to address a group of people with beliefs very different than my own, and spoke briefly about things I think most of us agree with, and on those things – respect for different views, equality, and fighting oppression – my views have not changed.

Just so you all know, I proudly worship at First New Christian Fellowship Baptist Church in South LA.

— Karen Bass (@KarenBassTweets) August 1, 2020

Bass’ tweet has approximately 3,900 “likes,” and has been retweeted roughly 1,000 times as of publication.

The response to the congresswoman’s tweet has been mixed.

Some offered praise.

“Thank you for such a swift response, Congresswoman. Hopefully that puts an end to this nonsense hit piece,” one commenter wrote.

Another user stated: “Set the record straight! We love to see it.”

Others ripped Bass.

One user wrote: “Ten years ago, we knew they were a cult for decades. Good luck in your future, but we don’t need the baggage right now.”

“Sorry, I lived in LA from 1999-2001 and we knew then that it was a dangerous cult that preyed on people for their money,” added another.

Rep. Bass is allegedly being considered alongside Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), former national security adviser Susan Rice, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), among others, for Joe Biden’s vice presidential slot.

In mid-July, MSNBC’s Joy Reid asked Biden if he was “committed to naming a black woman” as his candidate for vice president.

“I am not committed to naming any but the people I’ve named, and among them there are four black women,” Biden replied. “So, that decision is underway right now.”

The former vice president noted that the candidates were being vetted, and that he would “narrow the list” afterward, and speak personally with each candidate in order to assess who would be the best choice.

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Trump says hell accept nomination from either White House or Gettysburg

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests some states may 'pay nothing' as part of unemployment plan Trump denies White House asked about adding him to Mount Rushmore Trump, US face pivotal UN vote on Iran MORE on Monday said he plans to deliver his acceptance speech during the Republican National Convention from either the White House or the battlefield at Gettysburg.

"We have narrowed the Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech, to be delivered on the final night of the Convention (Thursday), to two locations - The Great Battlefield of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and the White House, Washington, D.C. We will announce the decision soon!" Trump tweeted.

The president's stated short list of potential locations comes two weeks before the RNC is set to begin.

The convention has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic. It was originally scheduled to take place in Charlotte, but Trump moved it to Jacksonville, Florida, after the North Carolina governor said social distancing and masks would be required. As the virus surged in recent weeks, Trump caved and called off the in-person celebration altogether.

The president is expected to visit Charlotte during business meetings among party leaders, but he will give his acceptance speech from a different location.

Trump last week said he would "probably" give the speech from the White House, an idea that drew pushback from even some Republicans.

“I assume that’s not something that you could do. I assume there’s some Hatch Act issues or something,” said Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneMeadows says he wants Trump nomination speech 'miles and miles away' from White House The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House, Dems debate coronavirus relief package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Key 48 hours loom as negotiators push for relief deal MORE (R-S.D.), the second ranking GOP senator. “I don’t know the answer to that and I haven’t heard him say that, but I think anything to do with federal property would seem to me to be problematic.”

Trump has shrugged off any legal questions about using the White House and argued that it would be cheaper than other alternatives.

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