Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been accused of sexual assault by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, said Americans should not vote for him if they believe the allegations against him.
"If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn't vote for me," Biden said when asked what he'd say to women who believe Tara Reade and are struggling with the idea of supporting him, according to NBC News' Mike Memoli. "I wouldn't vote for me if I believed Tara Reade."
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Reade has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in an office building on Capitol Hill in 1993 when Reade worked in Biden's Senate office.
During an interview with Megyn Kelly, Reade said she wished Biden would drop out of the presidential race because of the alleged assault, although she doesn't expect him to do so. She criticized his campaign for saying all women should be able to speak safely while she receives harassment and death threats for coming forward.
Biden has called out inconsistencies in the story she has told about the alleged incident in media appearances dating back to more than a year ago, when she said Biden made her uncomfortable by touching her shoulders.
"Look at Tara Reade's story, it changes considerably," Biden said, according to Time.
Kelly asked Reade about multiple occasions when Reade has posted or shared positive things about Biden on social media, including a time when Reade tweeted about Biden, "My old boss speaks truth. Listen."
Reade said she has been conflicted about Biden.
"I've always been conflicted about Joe Biden, I didn't want to talk badly about him," Reade told Kelly. "And I wasn't ready to tell my story with Joe Biden at that point at all."
Reade also voted for former President Barack Obama two times with Biden as his running mate, but she said she was just excited about Obama, and Biden just "happened to be on the ticket."