Joe Biden spoke again on Thursday about allegations of sexual assault by former staff member Tara Reade, saying that voters should not vote for him in the November elections if they believe Reade’s claims.
Voters “should vote their heart and if they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me,” Biden said on MSNBCs The last word. “I wouldn’t vote for myself if I believed Tara Reade.”
When host Lawrence O’Donnell asked if the former vice president has any memory of Reade, Biden replied “to be honest, I don’t.”
“Look at Tara Reade’s story,” Biden continued. “It changes significantly. But I don’t want to question her motive. I don’t want to ask anything other than to say that the truth matters. “
Reade claims that Biden sexually assaulted her in the spring of 1993, while working as a staff member for the then-Delaware senator. While reports from friends and former neighbors, as well as a 1996 court document, confirm that Reade had discussed an alleged incident that occurred at Biden’s offices, no evidence has been found that would make Biden guilty. Biden categorically rejected Reade’s claims, noting that her story did changed over time.
Biden has received support from numerous democratic politicians, including suspected choices to be his running mate in the November elections. Senators Kamala Harris (D., California) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) Have both supported Biden. The former vice president has also received approval from Hillary Clinton and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., California).