Biden Says He Never Meant to Make Women Feel Uncomfortable

Biden Says He Never Meant to Make Women Feel Uncomfortable

Biden, who has signaled he may run for president, pushed back Sunday on allegations by Lucy Flores, a former Nevada lawmaker, who accused him of kissing and touching her inappropriately.

Flores said: "Very unexpectedly and out of nowhere, I feel Joe Biden put his hands on my shoulders, get up very close to me from behind, lean in, smell my hair, and then plant a slow kiss on the top of my head".

Biden issued a statement saying that he has expressed affection many times in his political life but that "not once-never-did I believe I acted inappropriately".

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and current Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D-Las Vegas) (L) introduces Vice President Joe Biden at a get-out-the-vote rally at a union hall on November 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.

She told NBC News that it was not a "bad intention" by Biden and she does not feel that it constituted sexual assault, but that said her personal space was violated. Biden denies any inappropriate behavior.

"Let me state upfront that I don't know her, but I absolutely support her right to speak her truth and she should be, like all women, believed", she affirmed of Flores.

Warren says she believes Flores, but deferred when asked if the story should have any bearing on Biden's decision to join the field of Democrats running for president in 2020 (which he is widely expected to do later this month).

Both Illinois Senator Dick Durbin and progressive presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) rushed to Biden's defense over the weekend, claiming that a single sexual harassment allegation - even if credible - shouldn't immediately and irreparably derail a blossoming presidential campaign. "My brain couldn't process what was happening". "He was leaning forward-I could hear him-he was leaning forward and whispering some encouragement to her about how when he was sworn in and his own daughter Ashley was 13, she felt awkward and uncomfortable".

A viral image of then-Vice President Joe Biden giving a woman a seemingly creepy embrace in 2015 was taken wildly out of context, the woman says - as the potential presidential hopeful is facing accusations from another woman that he got too handsy during a 2014 campaign event.

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"I think so. I think so".

Former Vice President Joe Biden appears with Stephanie Carter during former Defense Secretary Ash Carter's swearing in ceremony in the White House on February 17, 2015.

"If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully", he added.

On CNN's State of the Union, she said that his second response was better than his first, which stated that at the time, Biden didn't have "an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, not do they recall what she describes". People who she hasn't met since high school have reached out and jokingly asked what Biden had whispered in her ear.

Most of the women on The View agreed that Biden's "affectionate" touches did not constitute a #MeToo scandal. I was just shocked. But it was never my intention.

Unfortunately, it appears more women may come forward with stories. After Flores' article came out, that picture once again started making the rounds, prompting Carter to write an essay titled "The #MeToo Story That Wasn't Me", saying that the picture was "misleadingly extracted from what was a longer moment between close friends".

"But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention", he said.

Others are arguing, as they did around Al Franken, that liberals can and even should ignore behavior like Biden's because Donald Trump is in the White House.