Anita Hill said in an interview that she could see herself voting for Joe Biden, despite her dissatisfaction with his less-than-full-throated apologies to her.
When asked by NBCs Andrea Mitchell whether she would consider voting for Biden if he becomes the Democratic nominee, Hill replied: Of course I could.
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Hill also said in the excerpt released Thursday that none of her comments intended to put Biden and President Donald Trump on the same moral plane. She added that she doubted her rhetoric had affected Bidens popularity.
Im not sure that anything I said has hurt Joe Bidens campaign, Hill said. He is still leading in the polls against Donald Trump, and all the other candidates on the Democratic ticket. More of Hills interview will air Thursday night on NBC Nightly News.
Biden has been heavily criticized for how he treated Hill in 1991 when he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and she was testifying about her sexual harassment allegations against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
During the televised hearings, Biden allowed Hill to face intense questioning from an all-male, all-white panel of senators.
In March of this year, Biden expressed remorse over how he handled the spectacle, saying, To this day, I regret I couldnt get her the kind of hearing she deserved.
He also called Hill earlier this year to discuss the controversy, but Hill did not characterize his words as an apology and told The New York Times she would only be satisfied when she knows there is real change and real accountability.
Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, said in the NBC interview that her point in discussing Bidens treatment of her was to make the public aware of the urgency of this issue.
Weve had years now to grapple with this as a society and I think we need to take advantage of the moment, Hill said.