Here's the transcript:
Ari Melber: On the presidential race, I did want to ask you, amidst all this other news there were reports here in the New York Times and the Washington Post about an allegation of misconduct against Joe Biden. He has denied it. I wanted to get your response to that before we go.
Amy Klobuchar: He has said, and I agree with this, you’ve got to get to the bottom of every case and all allegations. I think the New York Times — I haven’t read all the stories. I read that one. Your viewers should read that. It was very thorough. They interviewed people. And I have done a lot of work on this. I actually led the effort to change the rules in the U.S. Senate so that it is easier to bring these cases forward and so that we have taxpayers not paying for bad conduct. I think this case has been investigated. I know the vice president as a major leader on domestic abuse, I worked with him on that. And I think that, again, the viewers should read the article. It was very thorough.
Two things stood out to me. First, he denied it. And, second, how should we look at sexual abuse claims.
He Has Denied It
Biden’s presidential campaign called Reade’s accusations false. “Vice President Biden has dedicated his public life to changing the culture and the laws around violence against women,” said Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager and communications director. “He authored and fought for the passage and reauthorization of the landmark Violence Against Women Act. He firmly believes that women have a right to be heard — and heard respectfully. Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press. What is clear about this claim: It is untrue. This absolutely did not happen.”
They say the campaign called them false. He hasn't addressed them, as far as I can tell. They do call it false, after avoiding the question for a while. But, on to the second issue.
Who Investigates Sexual Assault
Sen. Klobuchar said: "Your viewers should read [the New York Times story]. It was very thorough. . . . I think this case has been investigated."
The campaign said: "Such claims should also be diligently reviewed by an independent press."
Since when is the New York Times the arbiter of sexual assault? That's absurd. The New York Time isn't part of the due process in a country. It should be investigated in the legal sense. But, I'll leave you with this quote from the New York Times (archive):
The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.
I guess Sen. Klobuchar doesn't think unwanted hugs, kisses, and touching are concerning.