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Will Tara Reade’s Accusations Impact The Presidential Race?

Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden is seen on stage in Washington, DC.
Democratic presidential hopeful former US vice president Joe Biden is seen on stage in Washington, DC.

A former Senate aide named Tara Reade claimed that former Vice President and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden allegedly  assaulted her in a Senate building.

Biden denies Reade’s allegations. And recent reporting by PBS and CNN suggests the story could be much more complicated.

Political operatives, journalists and others are trying to figure out what all of this means for Biden’s chances in 2020. Could it have any impact on a party whose leaders and voters supported the #MeToo movement and stressed the importance of believing women? Or will most Democratic voters point to the sexual assault and harassment accusations against President Trump?

Plus, we explore Biden’s commitment to choose a woman as his vice presidential candidate. Will his choice motivate women to turn out for him in November? How will Reade’s accusation affects Biden’s chances and the feelings of voters ahead of November? If Biden selects a woman as running mate, how will she have to navigate these allegations? Find all the ways to reach us here.

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