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The *final* Joe Biden VP rankings


(This is the 17th edition of our weekly power rankings of politicians most likely to be chosen as Joe Biden’s Democratic running mate in 2020.)

(CNN)With Joe Biden expected to formally announce his vice presidential pick this week, I’m breaking format to bring you the five women most likely to be his choice. These picks are based on conversations with knowledgeable sources, reporting and just some educated guesswork. Enjoy! California Rep. Karen Bass 5. Karen Bass: It’s uniquely possible that had Biden made the pick 10 days ago, this California congresswoman (and former speaker of the California Assembly) would have been the choice.

But the last 10 days have not been good to Bass. Her attempts to clean up her comments praising former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro were shaky. Ditto how she explained her attendance (and words of praise) at the opening of the a Scientology church a decade ago .

Those twin controversies appeared to have dimmed the glow around Bass. But according to a series of published reports, she has a powerful ally in former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, who is running Biden’s vetting committee. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth 4. Tammy Duckworth: The Illinois senator’s personal story is the […]

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