Joe Biden’s answer: The presidential candidate strenuously denies sexually assaulting Tara Reade

Sunday, 03 May, 2020

From House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the female senators who ran for president and prominent Hollywood activists, they're not backing down after Biden on Friday publicly denied a former aide's accusation that he assaulted her in 1993.

Joe Biden on Friday gave his first public comments on a sexual assault allegation that has threatened to roil his presidential campaign, denying the incident occurred.

Mr Biden also called on the National Archives to release any record of a complaint the woman says she filed.

"I don't know why she's saying this".

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama and now a CNN commentator, wrote in a CNN article on Friday that Obama would have never selected Biden had any credible issues been raised during vetting.

Reade was on Biden's staff for less than a year in the 1990s.

"I remember talking about him wanting me to serve drinks because he liked my legs and thought I was pretty and it made me uncomfortable", Reade said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press. "That phrase stayed with me".

Later Friday, Biden asked the secretary of the Senate via letter to assist in the search, though he told MSNBC that the Archives was the only possible place a complaint would be.

Reade's public account evolved over time.

Biden was asked if he is "absolutely certain" and "absolutely positive, that there is no record of any complaint by Tara Reade" against him. One, a former neighbor, said Reade told her about the alleged assault a few years after Reade said it happened.

"I am saying this unequivocally". "I remember the skirt". "I'm not going to be telling him what to do".

"No, it is not true", the former senator and vice president told MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski.

"It did not happen".

Brezezinski pressed Biden on his former statements suggesting that women should be believed when coming forward with their stories of sexual violence.

Meanwhile, critics in both parties are saying that Democrats and the media have brushed off the standard of "believe all women" that they set in the hearings on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She cited "retaliation" as one factor behind her reluctance to do so. "We can not decide which women were included in 'believe all women"'. She did not raise allegations of sexual assault against Biden until this year, around the time he became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

"Women are to be believed, given the benefit of the doubt", Biden said.

"Then you have to look at the circumstances and the facts", he added.

She says Biden pushed her against a wall in the basement of a Capitol Hill office building, groped her and penetrated her with his fingers. "And that's what I have to say about that".

But the former vice-president would not move to open his files at the University of DE for a search of documents pertaining to Reade. But now that one of their own has been accused, Democrats appear unwilling to give Biden's accuser Tara Reade the same respect.

Could the allegations hurt Biden's election chances?

Democratic-aligned women's groups have moved slowly.

On his worst day, Biden is a magnitude of infinity better than Trump. "He once again demonstrated that he believes he should be held to a different standard than he has set for others", said Erin Perrine, principal deputy communications director for the Trump campaign.

But Blackburn said on "Fox & Friends" that sexual assault allegations are too serious to "be something that is used as a political football or as a term of convenience to suit the purposes of the Democrats".

At the same time, the Democrats have set themselves up as the party of moral purity, on gender as well as race.