The accusations of sexual assault swirling around about Joe Biden probably won't affect the eventual outcome of the presidential race, former Sen. Joe Lieberman said Wednesday.
"Right now it is hard to say, but I think we have another campaign that's going to be going into somebody's sexual life. That's the way it is right now," Liebermann, a former vice-presidential candidate, said on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria."
However, he said that he doesn't think the accusations being made by former Senate staffer Tara Reade, who contends that while she was working for Biden while he was a senator in the 1990s, he allegedly cornered her and touched her without her permission, will have a "major effect."
"It is 27 years ago and there's not part of a pattern of behavior like this alleged by anyone against Vice President Biden," said Lieberman. "But it is attracting attention and is part of the political environment for the year, so my guess is while now it won't have an effect on the outcome, it creates some static and something that Biden campaign has to worry about."
The Biden campaign has flatly rejected Reade's claims.
Meanwhile, the 2020 election could depend largely on how the country's economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, said Lieberman.
"If you follow polls right now, opinion polls you would see if the election were held today, Vice President Biden would probably win, winning nationally winning in critical states, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida," he said. "But there are six months to go."
The key question is how the American people will feel as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic and the economy gets rolling, he added.
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