Biden on Tara Reade sexual assault allegations: “I think women should be believed” but “the truth is this never happened.”

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STEPHANOPOULOS: “Finally, Mr. Vice President —“

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BIDEN: “No damage so far that I can see.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “On these allegations from Tara Reade, I know you denied them but you’ve also said that women should be believed. So what do you say to Americans who believe Tara Reade and won’t vote for you because of it?”

BIDEN: “Well, that’s their right. Look, here, I think women should be believed. They should have an opportunity to have their case and state it just forthrightly what their case is. Then it’s the responsibility of responsible journalists like you and everyone else to go out and investigate those. At the end of the day the truth is the truth. That’s what should prevail. And the truth is this never happened. This never happened.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Mr. Vice President —“

BIDEN: “I assure you, that’s the truth.”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “Mr. Vice President, thank you for your time this morning.”

BIDEN: “How are you feeling, man? Are you okay?”

STEPHANOPOULOS: “I’m doing well. Thank you for asking.”

BIDEN: “My best to your wife as well. Scary stuff. Thank you.”