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Biden says he didn’t believe he 'acted inappropriately'
By MARC CAPUTO and MARTIN MATISHAK 03/31/2019 09:51 AM EDT
Two days after a former Nevada candidate accused him of impropriety, former Vice President and possible Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a carefully worded statement saying he did not believe he ever “acted inappropriately.”
Biden’s Sunday Twitter statement capped a long week in which the not-quite-candidate was rocked by a series of controversies, culminating in a Friday story in the publication The Cut in which Nevada’s former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, Lucy Flores, accused him of an “awkward kiss.”
Flores’s account was met with non-denial denials by Biden’s spokesman and Biden allies who called into question her account, while some of Biden’s likely presidential primary opponents said they believed her. Flores appeared Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union and amplified her comments.
“I want him to change his behavior,” Flores told Jake Tapper. “And I want him to acknowledge that it was wrong.”
Biden’s statement — in which he promises to “remain the strongest advocate I can be for the rights of women“ — steers clear of accusing Flores of lying but stresses that in his four decades of public service he has “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. But it was never my intention.”
“I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear,” Biden’s statement said. “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.”