Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says Joe Biden Should Address Inappropriate Touching Allegation

One day after reports surfaced that Joe Biden was accused of delivering unwanted kisses and touching of a woman from behind while he was vice president in 2014, presidential candidates for the 2020 haul have begun responding.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of those Democrats in a crowded field, said Saturday that Biden must answer the accusations. Although Biden hasn't declared to run for president in 2020, yet, he leads most polling data—well ahead of Warren.

For the backstory, former Nevada State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores authored a piece in The Cut, which is part of New York magazine, about the time she claims Biden approached her from behind at a campaign rally when she ran for lieutenant governor. She described the situational surprise as "uneasy, gross, and confused," according to this report on NBC Houston.

"I felt him get closer to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified," Flores wrote. "He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn't process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused."

Flores continued in her article, "I couldn't move, and I couldn't say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me."

While in Iowa yesterday, Warren said she believes what Flores wrote, and that Biden should address the allegations.

"I read the op-ed last night," Warren said. "I believe Lucy Flores. And Joe Biden needs to give an answer."

Julian Castro, another Democratic presidential contender and former San Antonio mayor, agreed with Warren in that he believes Flores and said "we need to live in a nation where people can hear her truth."

The Biden camp released a statement after the opinion article that claims the former vice president has no recollection of what was accused.

"Vice President Biden was pleased to support Lucy Flores's candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada in 2014 and to speak on her behalf at a well-attended public event," said Bill Russo, a Biden spokesman. "Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes.

"But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best."

Russo continued answering on Saturday when he said, "People know Joe Biden and they know his character, his integrity and his values. They know him to be someone who is empathetic, caring and who understands their problems and concerns. That's how he reacts to people and it's how people react to him. In fact, some of the people who know him best — people who have worked for him throughout his career — are speaking up to say that he has always been a champion for women in his office."

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