Joe Biden was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the 1991 Senate hearing in which Anita Hill alleged sexual harassment at the hands of then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. On Tuesday, Biden expressed regrets—and not for the first time—for his handling of the hearing. In what the New York Times calls an "emotional speech" given at the Biden Courage Awards in New York, Biden said Hill "paid a terrible price" in exchange for her courageous testimony. "She was abused in the hearing. She was taken advantage of. Her reputation was attacked. I wish I could have done something." More on his comments and the reaction:
- The other lines getting attention: "There were a bunch of white guys ... hearing this testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee. So when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about. And to this day I regret I couldn't come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved given the courage she showed by reaching out to us." Biden reiterated that he opposed Thomas' nomination.