CNN will air “Fight for the White House: Joe Biden’s Long Journey,” a two-hour documentary hosted by CNN Politician Gloria Borger on September 7th at 8:00 pm ET.
But given the political reality the nation is facing, not only will it vote for Biden – it is also ready to work with him should he become president.
“Despite all of his past limitations and the mistakes he’s made in the past, I think Joe Biden is the person who should be elected in November at this point between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.” Hill told Gloria Borger on CNN. But it’s not just because he’s running against Donald Trump, she adds. “It’s more about the survivors of gender-based violence. That̵
“My commitment is to find solutions and I am more than willing to work with him,” said Hill. She wants to work on issues such as sexual harassment, gender-based violence, and gender discrimination.
Hill and Biden have a troubled history that goes back nearly three decades: In 1991, Biden served as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, overseeing the hearing to confirm the then-US Supreme Court candidate Clarence Thomas. Hill was the star witness and testified that Thomas sexually molested her while they were working on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thomas denied the allegations.
Hill said those hearings changed her life forever.
For Hill, the public declaration of willingness to work within government is a fundamental change.
“One of the effects of 1991 was my desire not to really work with the government in any way,” Hill said. “I’ve always said that I think I can be more effective as an outsider than an insider. And now I’m ready to develop myself and work for inner change.”
Hill insisted this is bigger than her – and bigger than Biden.
“What drives me are the people who have experienced [those issues] and the people who will experience it if we don’t do anything about it, “said Hill.” That opened me up to do something I probably wouldn’t have said I would do a year ago. “
As chairman, Biden has long resisted complaints that he did not take Hill’s allegations seriously enough and did not intervene as the hearings degenerated into a circus-like atmosphere where Hill was humiliated. The group of all-male senators grilled her over her allegations in painful detail, and they questioned her personal character.
“I believed her story from the start,” Biden told CNN in an exclusive 90-minute interview in July. “I wish I could have protected her more. … As you will remember, I yelled matches with some of the witnesses who said things that were off the wall.”
Hill says she thinks Biden has lost control. But Biden claims he didn’t allow his Republican counterparts to take the hearings.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I wish I could have done it differently by the rules. But when it ended, I was determined to do two things. First, make sure there would never be women on the committee again. … And I was Determined to go ahead and complete the writing and enactment of the Law Against Violence Against Women. “
Biden said he apologized to Hill. The two spoke on the phone just before Biden launched his presidential campaign in April 2019.
After the call, Hill told the New York Times she wouldn’t take it as an excuse. She still hesitates to use that word to describe it.
“An apology to be real and sincere has to take responsibility for damage,” Hill told CNN. She didn’t hear that when she spoke to him that time. She wanted to hear him recognize the harm done to victims of sexual harassment. “He has not taken responsibility. He has not held himself accountable in any way, other than sorry that I felt I was not being treated fairly. He did not take responsibility for his own role as chairman of the committee. “”
She called the conversation “unsatisfactory”. After that call, Biden told ABC’s Good Morning America that he had recognized his role as chairman in their treatment.
“As the committee chairman, I take responsibility for the fact that she was not treated well. I take responsibility for it,” Biden told ABC in April 2019.
Hill listened. She now says that she believes he has moved on.
“There was a statement on ‘I take responsibility; I hold myself responsible for the way the hearing was conducted,'” said Hill. “And that’s, I think, as close as we got, you know, and that’s good. That’s an opening.”
And that’s something Hill is willing to work with.
“I want the next president to be someone I can go to and talk about the real problems women, men and non-binary people have with violence in this country. These are targeted at them because of their gender,” said Hill. “I believe Joe Biden would be that person. I don’t think Donald Trump would be the person who would hear me.”