Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), one of the top candidates under consideration to become ’s running mate, has spoken up in defense of remarks she made a decade ago praising the Church of Scientology.

Conservative news outlet The Daily Caller  of Bass’ comments on Friday. In the clip, Bass — who was then the speaker of the California State Assembly — addressed congregants at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a renovated Scientology church in Los Angeles. She lauded the church and its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, for their humanitarian efforts, saying:

“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. That is why the words are

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