Tara Reade's allegations spill over into Senate races 2020

Tara Reade's allegations spill over into Senate races 2020
Tara Reade's allegations spill over into Senate races 2020

Democratic Senate hopefuls are not abandoning Joe Biden amid the Tara Reade allegations. But Republicans intend to take advantage of that loyalty to raise another old fight: Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation.

Democrats who will share the ballot with former Vice President Joe Biden this fall said that Tara Reade's sexual assault charge against the alleged Democratic nominee needs to be thoroughly and carefully investigated, and they are open to hearing her share her story. And they also reiterated their support for Biden's candidacy.

But Republicans are accusing Democrats of hypocrisy about the sexual assault allegations by making comparisons to Brett Kavanaugh's ugly nomination to the Supreme Court. Republican officials in key battlefield states like Iowa, Maine, and North Carolina are criticizing Democratic candidates for the lack of answers and inconsistencies about what standards they are applying to sexual assault allegations.

Democrats argue that there is little parallelism between the two cases, and they appear to have accepted Biden's denials that he attacked Reade when she worked in his Senate office in the early 1990s.

Sara Gideon, the speaker of the likely rival of the Maine House of Representatives and Democrats against Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), voted for Biden in her state's early March primaries and repeated her support this week.

"Sexual assault and sexual harassment are incredibly serious matters, and for far too long, people have been too afraid to come forward. Every person should be able to come forward and tell their story, and keep it in mind," Gideon said in a statement. "I voted for Joe Biden in the primaries because I thought I could unite this country and face the challenges that we face. I still think that is true."

Republicans, however, are taking advantage of what they characterize as a double standard.

"Democrats right now are struggling with this," said Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee. "I know that the Republican senators were receiving very inquisitive questions in the midst of the Kavanaugh situation related to this. This has to be very uncomfortable for Democratic candidates for the United States Senate. "

There is no disagreement among Democratic candidates about supporting Biden. Gideon's position was shared by top Democratic challengers in six Senate races who answered questions about the allegations against the former vice president. These races represent critical contests as Democrats seek to win back the Senate, where Republicans currently have a 53-47 majority.

Governor Steve Bullock of Montana, who is challenging Republican Senator Steve Daines, said women should have the opportunity to come forward to "be listened to and treated with respect" and that their allegations be taken seriously. He said that Biden met that standard.

It was important for Vice President Biden to address this, head-on and in a serious way, "Bullock said in a statement." The Americans are seeking transparency from their leaders, and Joe Biden complied with that. "

In an interview with Megyn Kelly this week, Reade said Biden should be "responsible" and that he wanted him to resign from the presidential race. She said she would be willing to take the oath and undergo interrogation for her allegations, which Christine Blasey Ford did after accusing Kavanaugh of assault.

"What's so scary is double standards," said Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is set for reelection this year. "I still remember where they thought due process was a joke and did not apply to Brett Kavanaugh. They somehow think that due process should now apply to Joe Biden."

But Democrats are furious at the comparison between the accusations against Biden and Kavanaugh, arguing that the accusations against the former vice president are completely different.

Republicans also confirmed Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, saying they believed his denials after hearing the testimony of Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford, who accused him of assaulting her decades ago when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh's confirmation battle was a major topic in the interim periods of 2018 after every Republican except Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) supported his nomination, and all Democrats except Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) They objected.

Kavanaugh also resurfaced in the 2020 campaign, particularly in the Democrats' efforts to defeat Collins, who supported him. Collins did not endorse Trump in 2016 and has not said whether she supports his reelection.

She said in a statement Friday that "principles such as the presumption of innocence, justice and due process always influence my thinking when evaluating such an accusation," and said Reade should be "treated with respect and given the opportunity to tell his story." The Maine Republican added that she respects Biden's public service.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Featured Kavanaugh in campaign announcements for his reelection this cycle. McConnell called it "staggering hypocrisy" because the Democrats who fought against Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court have not spoken out against Biden.

Amy McGrath, who is challenging McConnell, initially said she would have supported Kavanaugh when she launched her campaign last year, before backing down and saying she opposed him.

McGrath said in a statement that the assault allegations must be taken seriously. "We need transparency as they navigate these allegations, and so far, I've seen it from Joe Biden," he said.

Mark Kelly, nominated by Democrats in Arizona, said in a recent interview on local radio that the allegations should be considered while backing his support for Biden. Rachel Petri, spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham, the Democratic nominee in the North Carolina Senate race against Republican Senator Thom Tillis, said Cunningham believes women should be listened to and the allegations taken seriously, which Cunningham believed happened. in this case.

Melissa Miller, a spokeswoman for John Hickenlooper, the top candidate to be the Democratic candidate in the Colorado Senate race, said she believed the allegations should receive an "independent and fair look" and will still vote for Biden.

Theresa Greenfield, a favorite candidate for national Democrats in the Iowa Senate primaries next month and who hopes to confront Joni Ernst, also said Reade's allegations had been heard and had been given a fair examination.

"We need to show respect to the women who show up by listening, acknowledging the seriousness of the claims and giving them an honest and independent look," Greenfield said in a statement. "Because that has happened, I have not changed my decision to support Joe Biden."

Senator Doug Jones (Democrat of Alabama), the Senate's most vulnerable incumbent and a close ally of Biden, said it's like "apples and oranges."

"It wasn't just about who you believed in, but the nature of Kavanaugh's hearings, the lack of investigation," Jones said. "I mean we have a president of the United States who just said I didn't and they agree with all of that. As we say in the South, that's the kind of pot that calls for the black kettle. I don't think they want to really start opening accusations of misconduct like that. "

Trump has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual assault or misconduct and bragged about making unwanted sexual advances in the Access Hollywood film that was released shortly before the 2016 election. Some allegations were made public after the elections, such as E. Jean Carroll accusing him of raping her in the 1990s. Trump has denied those allegations. Republicans backed Trump after those allegations, and Republican senators for reelection this year are largely on the same level as the president.

"They are the ones who are fully embracing their admitted sexual predator president," said Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). "So using that as a kind of weapon against the Democrats and they themselves won't even watch their own behavior is more than hypocritical."

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