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Pelosi defends Biden amid Tara Reade allegations

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“The happiest day for me this week was to support Joe Biden for president of the United States. He is a person of great integrity, of great concern for the American people...I believe that he will be a great president of the United States. He is a personification of hope and optimism and authenticity for our country, a person of great values," Pelosi said.

Presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is facing growing calls from within and outside his party to respond to a former aide's allegation that he sexually assaulted her nearly 30 years ago, an assertion Biden's campaign has denied.

Tara Reade, who worked as a staff assistant in Biden's U.S. Senate office from December 1992 to August 1993, has accused Biden of pinning her against a wall in 1993 and reaching under her shirt and her skirt.

Video Transcript

NANCY PELOSI: Well let me just say, I respect your question and I don't need a lecture or speech. Here's the thing, I have complete respect for MeToo movement. I have four daughters and one son and there's a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to.

There is also due process. And the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden, there's been statements from his campaign, not his campaign but his former employees who ran his offices and the rest, that there was never any record of this. There was never any record. And that nobody ever came forward or nobody came forward to say something about it apart from the principle involved.

I am so proud, the happiest day for me this week was to support Joe Biden for president of the United States. He is a person of great integrity, a great concern for the American people. He authored the Violence Against Women Act when he was the chair of the Judiciary Committee in the 90s. He has been an advocate for funding it all along since then and I believe that he will be a great president of United States.

He is the personification of hope and optimism and authenticity for our country. A person of great values. So I want to remove all doubt in anyone's mind. I have great comfort level with the situation as I see it with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward, with all the highest regard for Joe Biden and that's what I have to say about that. Thank you.