Ms Bass also ran a campaign that was not unveiled earlier to take advantage of influential liberal leaders who called the presidents of the union by phone. to seek their advice and support.
Cabinet President Nancy Pelosi is close to Ms. Bass, whom she named to oversee the recent police reform bill, and has made her admiration clear in private conversations, including with former President Barack Obama. Ms Pelosi’s aides said she had not supported any of the candidates, had loved a number of them and, in a conversation with Mr Biden’s screening team last month, called on them to find someone who could ensure that the ticket is the winner.
While Mr Biden’s advisers are careful to point out that he has not excluded any of the main candidates, some are clearly less likely than others to be elected. For some of the remote candidates, the conversation has already focused on other potential roles in the Biden administration: New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for example, has expressed interest in the work of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, according to officials familiar with her thinking.
Among the other candidates, Mr. Biden looked closely at Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; Representative Val Demings of Florida, who involved a significant delegation to his country’s Congress to make complaints on its behalf; and Sen. Tammy Duckert of Illinois, who is backed by veterans advocates.
Governor J. B. Pritzker of Illinois called Mr. Biden’s team to ask them to put Mrs. Duckert, a military veteran, on the ticket. Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the best Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, shared his high opinion. Duckworth with Biden’s camp, and also urged them to elect his governor, Gina Raimondo, said people familiar with the talks. However, Mr Biden’s scrutiny committee raised questions as to whether Ms Duckworth’s wiretapping could cause legal challenges because she was born abroad.