Joe Biden for president - even if accused of sexual assault?


Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. Biden himself has not publicly addressed the allegation, but the Biden campaign adamantly denies the entire account saying "it is untrue".

The allegations have percolated for weeks, a period in which Mr Biden has become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the capital's top Democratic lawmaker, has said she is "satisfied" with how presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden has responded to a sexual assault allegation from former Biden staffer Tara Reade.

A year ago - in the spring of 2019 - Reade was one of seven women who came forward to tell stories of uncomfortable encounters with Biden. Though Biden's campaign has yet to weigh in on the claim, a number of friends and relatives of Reade's have since vouched for her story. Milano also calls upon Biden to "face the allegation head-on, answer every question, and admit any wrongdoing, and to be the example for all men who face these kinds of accusations whether founded or not". "Out of respect for survivors and for the good of the country, he should withdraw from the race".

"Now is the time to deal with the ramifications of Tara Reade's accusations, not this fall".

The 2016 Democratic nominee announced her appearance at the event with a tweet, offering a "hint" that she would be the guest.

Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on Tuesday said she backed Joe Biden despite new allegations of sexual assault against the former vice president.

"We lose ALL moral authority if we embrace 'the lesser of two accused rapists, '" he wrote.

Democrats are similarly sticking by Biden so far.

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"Dear @DNC, you have two options: 1".

The story first landed late last month, when Reade told progressive podcast host Katie Halper that Biden, then a USA senator and her boss, had pushed her against a wall and penetrated her with his fingers in 1993. But yet what I see now is someone enabling a sexual predator, and it was my former boss, Joe Biden, who raped me.

Briahna Joy Gray, Sanders' 2020 campaign spokeswoman, on Tuesday argued that it's "not a moral argument" to support Biden simply because he's a better option than Trump.

"This story is a slow burn, but it's not going away", said a Democratic strategist who was involved in the 2020 race and who, like many Democrats interviewed, would only talk frankly about Biden's handling of allegation under the condition of anonymity.

Republicans who are anxious about President Donald Trump's increasingly precarious political standing are seizing on the allegation to portray Democrats as hypocrites who only defend women who allege wrongdoing against conservatives. "This case is progressing through the review process", they added. Sanders, who has long opposed the existence of super PACs, hasn't endorsed the effort.

"I know him. I was proud to endorse him on Monday".

"To be clear, he hasn't addressed it", Camerota said. I think it has been a great - made a great contribution to our country. In the clip, a woman whom Reade identified as her now-deceased mother called to report unspecified "problems" her daughter was having with her employer, whom she called "a prominent senator".

"We have an important election at hand, one of the most important ones we've had. and I supported [Biden] because he's a person of great values, integrity, authenticity, imagination and connection to the American people", she said.