Ms Bass also carried out an undisclosed campaign to influential liberal leaders, defeating union presidents. to seek their advice and support.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is close to Ms. Bass, whom she was named to oversee the recent police bill, and made it clear her admiration in private conversations, including with former President Barack Obama . Ms Pelosi’s assistants said she had not received any support for any one candidate, she loved a number of them and, when she spoke to Mr Biden’s audit team last month, urged them to find someone which can ensure that the ticket is a winner.
Two prominent Democrats, Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California, along with a handful of other women, remain as possibilities; both legislators have the state’s political experience and the big national pursuits that Ms. Bass and Ms. Ross don’t have. Ms Warren has become an informal adviser to Mr Biden on economic issues and has gained support from the progressive wing of her party, and Ms Harris is seen as a fundraiser with the support of important people. in the Democratic Party donor. class.
While Mr Biden’s advisers are careful to stress that he has not ruled out any of the major candidates, some are clearly less likely than others to be selected. For some of the long-running candidates, the talk has already turned to other potential roles in Biden’s administration: New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for example, has expressed interest in the secretary-general’s work. health and human services, according to officials familiar with its thinking.
Among the other candidates Mr. Biden who looked closely is Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan; Representative Val Demings of Florida, who introduced the sizable delegation of her home state congress to make appeals on her behalf; and Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, who is backed by veteran attorneys.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker called on Mr. Biden’s team to urge them to put Ms. Duckworth, a military veteran, on the card. Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed, the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, shared his high opinion of Ms. Duckworth with the Biden camp, and also encouraged them to choose the governor of the state of his home, Gina Raimondo, people familiar with the said conversations. However, Mr Biden’s audit committee has raised questions about whether Mrs Duckworth’s cooking could lead to legal challenges because she was born abroad.