Former Vice President Joe Biden, who seems to be actively considering a run for the presidency in 2020, has largely stayed in the background during the hearings with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, professor Christine Blasey Ford, due to his controversial role in the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings almost 30 years ago.
According to a Monday New York Times report, Biden has publicly apologized for some of his actions as then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, though he privately expresses frustration that his words have been taken out of context and the political moment of the early 1990s largely forgotten.
Now, as he mulls a presidential run in two years, he needs to figure out how to deal with that part of his past.
“If he handles it right, it could be a plus; if he handles it wrong, it’ll be a minus, former Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) told the New York Times. “And handling it right means stepping up to the plate.”