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Politics Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass praised Scientology at a 2010 ceremony

14:41  01 august  2020
14:41  01 august  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com

VP prospect Karen Bass claims Scientology hadn't been 'exposed' before her 2010 praise of it, despite several high-profile media probes in the 1990s and 2000s

  VP prospect Karen Bass claims Scientology hadn't been 'exposed' before her 2010 praise of it, despite several high-profile media probes in the 1990s and 2000s There had been dozens of media reports and investigations over the Church of Scientology's alleged abuses prior to 2010.Bass, then speaker of California's state legislature, spoke at the inauguration of a Los Angeles Church of Scientology in 2010.

A top contender for Joe Biden ’ s vice presidential pick appeared at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for a Scientology church in 2010 , The Daily Caller News Foundation has found. Rep . Karen Bass praised the Church of Scientology for its “commitment…to make a difference” at a ribbon-cutting

Karen Bass (D-Ca), a top candidate for Vice President on Democratic contender Joe Biden ' s ticket, praised the Church of Scientology in 2010 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Los Angeles facility run by the controversial religious group, as reported by the conservative news site the Daily

Karen Bass sitting in front of a building: Rep. Karen Bass spoke at a Church of Scientology event in LA in 2010. YouTube (Scientology) © YouTube (Scientology) Rep. Karen Bass spoke at a Church of Scientology event in LA in 2010. YouTube (Scientology)
  • Rep. Karen Bass of California heaped praise on the Church of Scientology in a 2010 ceremony, according to a resurfaced video reported by right-wing website The Daily Caller.
  • In the video, Bass, who is reportedly in the running to be selected as Joe Biden's running mate, praises Scientology as "a universal creed and one that speaks to all people everywhere."
  • The church counts Hollywood celebrities among its followers, but has been accused of abuse and intimidation by former members.
  • Business Insider has reached out to Bass' spokesman Zach Seidl for comment.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

Rep. Karen Bass of California lavishly praised the Church of Scientology at a 2010 opening ceremony in a recently resurfaced video that was first reported by right-wing website The Daily Caller.

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In the April 24 2010 video, posted onto the controversial religious group's YouTube channel in 2013, Bass praises Scientology and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Scientology church in Los Angeles.

"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 said in the video. "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."

In the video, a giant portrait of Hubbard looms over the platform where Bass speaks, and at the end of the speeches church leader David Misgavige cuts the ribbon to open the new church.

Trump campaign targets Bass amid speculation over Biden VP pick

  Trump campaign targets Bass amid speculation over Biden VP pick President Trump's reelection campaign ramped up criticism of Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Saturday amid speculation that she could be tapped to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.In a call organized by the campaign and led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez (R), the two lawmakers tore into Bass's past comments on and trips to Cuba, broadcasting possible lines of attack the campaign hopes could be effective in the nation's largest swing state. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

The California representative ’s low-key manner and progressive credentials could strengthen Biden ’ s campaign when he needs it most.

California congresswoman Karen Bass has emerged as a leading contender to be the Democrats' vice presidential candidate. The 66-year-old Bass chairs the Congressional Black Caucus and led major legislation after the police killing of George Floyd.

Business Insider has reached out to Bass' spokesman Zach Seidl for comment.

Bass is reportedly on the shortlist of candidates to be the running mate of presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. He is expected to name his vice presidential candiate next week.

At the time of the ceremony, Bass was working as a member of the California General Assembly. She was one of several local officials who spoke at the event.

The Church of Scientology counts Hollywood stars and celebrities among its devotees, but has been accused of abuse and intimidation by former members.

On Twitter, Politico's Alex Thompson spelled out how the news could impact Biden's presidential campaign if Bass gets chosen as his running mate.

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  Veepstakes Heats Up: Guide to Biden’s running mate options The Democratic National Convention is exactly two weeks away and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has yet to select his running mate -- leaving supporters, detractors and the contenders themselves anxiously waiting for his announcement. © Provided by FOX News The presumptive nominee has played his cards close to the vest in recent months, holding a number of fundraising events with a host of potential contenders but seldom addressing the decision in public.

Biden and his vice presidential selection will formally accept the party' s nomination at the Democrats' national convention, scheduled for Aug. Biden himself was prepared to defend Harris at a campaign event on Tuesday, where a photograph captured a notecard in his hand listing talking points praising

Joe Biden is close to picking his running mate in the 2020 election. At a presidential debate in March, Biden pledged to pick a woman running mate as his Vice - President . The three top picks are Kamala Harris, Karen Bass and Susan Rice.

"There are political risks of picking a VP who hasn't undergone the vetting of a national campaign before like Kamala/Warren," he wrote, referring to shortlisted vice presidential candidates Sen. Kamala Harris and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

"There could be weeks of little, distracting stories like this under the national glare. If he thinks she's the right person for the job it may not matter."

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Republicans Hammer Karen Bass, Possible Biden Running Mate, Over Cuba .
Representative Karen Bass is on Joe Biden’s short-list as a possible running mate, and two Trump surrogates for Florida hammered her on Saturday over her past support for Cuba, saying it would offend the state’s Hispanic voters. © Photographer: Erin Scott/Bloomberg Karen Bass A report on Friday said Bass had traveled to communist Cuba as part of a group as a high school student in the 1970s. Decades later, as a lawmaker representing California, she was part of former Secretary of State John Kerry’s 2015 trip to raise the American flag in Havana, and President Barack Obama’s visit to the island in 2016.

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