Former Nevada lawmaker Lucy Flores, the woman, who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching her back and kissing her hair at a political event in 2014, has been making the media rounds telling her story.
The accusation made by Flores, who is a supporter of Biden’s rivals — Beto O’Rourke and Bernie Sanders — has the potential to derail the former vice president’s campaign before it even launches.
Barack Obama’s close pal said he does not recall the events brought up by the Nevada Democrat and added: “In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully.”
He added: “But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will.”
Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked Flores for her reaction to Biden’s statement, and he said the following: “Well, I certainly think it’s better than his first statement that they released on Saturday. I’m glad he’s willing to listen. I’m glad he is clarifying his intentions.”
She added: “Frankly, my point was never about his intentions, and they shouldn’t be about his intentions. It should be about the women on the receiving end of that behavior.”
Flores went on to point to the fact that Biden has been called out in the past multiple times of making women feel uncomfortable.
The former lawmaker added: “This isn’t the first time and it wasn’t the only incident where he was acting inappropriately with women. If he is saying he never believed that was inappropriate, then frankly I think that’s a little bit of a disconnect, and not being aware, a sense of not being aware because there has been documentation both in photos, videos, stories that were written.”
Flores said she decided to speak out because there are so many good candidates for 2020 on the Democratic side. Biden is the only Democrat currently beating President Donald Trump in the polls.