Karen Bass walks back Castro comment amid VP vetting

“I happen to believe that sometimes the best way to change a regime is through having relations versus not,” she continued, calling the Castro regime’s legacy “very troubling” and citing her work with the National Endowment for Democracy — the non-governmental organization which promotes democratic reforms in Cuba and elsewhere abroad.

“For a country that is 90 miles away, for a policy that we’ve had decades [and] hasn’t worked, I think opening up relationships is the best way to go,” Bass said. “But I certainly understand the sensitivity and, to me saying that, the understanding that the translation in Spanish communicated something completely different. Lesson learned.”

The congresswoman’s remarks were in response to a POLITICO report detailing outrage among Florida Democrats over former Vice President Joe Biden’s vetting of Bass to become his running mate.

Prominent Democratic legislators and congressional lawmakers from the key swing state fear her Castro statement could imperil political inroads with Florida’s sizable Cuban-American populations, as well as contribute to Republican efforts to brand the party as increasingly left-wing and ideologically socialist.

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