Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open'

Bass on filling Harris's Senate spot: 'I'll keep all my options open'
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Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Outrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she will keep her “options open” regarding a potential appointment to a Senate seat if Democrats defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE in November and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.) becomes vice president. 

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Biden campaign sells 'I paid more income taxes than Trump' stickers Trump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose MORE named Harris as his running mate Tuesday, raising the question of who Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomGOP online donor platform offering supporters 'Notorious A.C.B.' shirts Newsom signs law allowing transgender inmates to be placed in prison by their gender identity OVERNIGHT ENERGY: California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 | EPA threatens to close New York City office after Trump threats to 'anarchist' cities | House energy package sparks criticism from left and right MORE (D) may appoint as Harris's successor if the Biden-Harris ticket wins. 

Asked about any interest in filling a potential vacancy if Biden and Harris win, Bass suggested she’s open to the appointment, but is focussed on the November election for now. 


“You know what, Joy, for the next 83 days I have one thing on my mind. After that, we’ll see. I’ll keep all my options open,” Bass said Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid. 

Bass, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, was also among Democrats on Biden’s shortlist for vice president. 

She cheered Biden’s choice in her MSNBC interview, praising Harris as a vice presidential candidate who will energize Democrats. 

“I think their roll-out today, when they walked across the stage, it was electric. And I believe they both are going to energize the vote, I think Sen. Harris in particular,” she said, noting the historic nature of Harris as vice president. 

Harris, of Jamaican and Indian descent, would be the first woman and first person of color to serve as vice president if elected. 

In addition to a potential appointment to succeed Harris, some fellow House Democrats have also floated Bass as a potential replacement for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif), most recently in 2018.