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Joe Biden's presidential hopes face crisis as second accuser details unwanted touching

Joe Biden's presidential hopes face crisis as second accuser details unwanted touching

He says he never acted inappropriately but will listen respectfully to suggestions he did, adding that he has a strong record of supporting women.

When Joe Biden was US Vice President, he was described as hands-on, touchy feely, a hugger.

'He's affectionate and I'm just going to push back and I know I put myself at great peril here, there could be more, whatever. Let me just say it, this is ridiculous'. Carmon said she would urge him to leave politics with his reputation intact.

Pelosi said she doesn't consider Biden's behaviour "disqualifying" for the presidency but said "he has to understand that in the world we're in now, people's space is important to them".

"It is how it's received, so to say, "I'm sorry that you were offended" is not an apology", Pelosi said.

Ms Lappos's account emerged on Monday after she posted about her experience online and later gave an interview to the CT newspaper The Hartford Courant.

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A second allegation of inappropriate touching surfaced on Monday after a CT woman said Biden touched her inappropriately at a fundraiser in 2009, according to the Hartford Courant. "I felt him get closer to me from behind", she wrote.

"He wrapped both his hands around my face and pulled me in", said Lappos, who is now 43. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada lawmaker, wrote on the Cutabout an incident in 2014 when Biden planted "a big slow kiss on the back" of her head.

Following Flores' allegations, Biden said in a statement that in his many years in public life and on the campaign trail he has "offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort".

Even the Onion, whose memification of the Veep into a Camaro-driving, aviator-shades-wearing, down-home boy helped shore up affection for Biden, couldn't help commenting on his attitudes toward women from time to time. "Several around Biden think advisers to Bernie Sanders are at least partly behind the anti-Biden campaign".

Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized former Vice President Joe Biden over his response to women's complaints about his physical contact with them, but said the issue is not disqualifying. There's a line of respect. Meghan McCain defended him on The View, saying he's never made her feel uncomfortable and she's been around him a lot. "It's sexism or misogyny". Biden's behavior is different from sexual abuse, although it is tangentially related in that women and others on the receiving this sort of behavior are devalued, their bodily autonomy is ignored, and they do not feel free to speak out against the person touching them. "But it was never my intention", Biden responded in a statement.