Former Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday he believed Anita Hill's accusations that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her, but has yet to apologize to her directly.
“I believed Anita Hill,” Biden told PBS Thursday. "She deserves credit because it took enormous courage for her to come forward."
"No, I haven't contacted Anita Hill," he added when pressed about whether he had reached out to her in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. “I wish I could have protected her from the attacks that came at her, but I didn't know any way to do that.”
WATCH: “I believed Anita Hill,” former VP @JoeBiden tells @JudyWoodruff of his role as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman during the 1991 Clarence Thomas hearings. “I wish I could have protected her from the attacks that came at her, but I didn't know any way to do that.” pic.twitter.com/TtzEGMl6zw— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) January 4, 2018
Biden, a former Delaware senator, was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee when the panel was called on to conduct the confirmation hearing assessing Thomas' 1991 nomination to the Supreme Court bench.
Hill accused Thomas of behaving inappropriately toward her 10 years earlier when he was her superior at the Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, enduring intense and explicit questioning regarding her sworn testimony.
During a Nov. 13 event at the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Summit, Biden said he was “so sorry” for what Hill experienced and that he owed her an apology.
In relation to the future of the Democratic Party, Biden said Thursday he didn't have to choose between his progressive values and the middle class.
"They're not inconsistent," he said.
While reiterating that he didn't have "any concrete plan to run" for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, Biden jokingly responded to former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's suggestion that stalwarts of the party step aside for a new generation of leaders.
"Tell Howard I can take him physically, OK?" Biden quipped.