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The first of two women accusing Joe Biden of inappropriate contact said she would still vote for the former vice president if he were to become the Democratic presidential nominee next year.
A popular female morning news talk host also raised questions about that accuser’s possible motivation for coming forward against Biden now, as he is on the cusp of possibly joining the field of Democrats contending for their party’s nomination.
That first accuser is Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman who alleges Biden’s inappropriate contact occurred in 2014, when she was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.
Biden released a statement in which he admits to many tactile gestures of goodwill and support over the years, he never intentionally acted inappropriately. If others feel differently, “I’ll listen respectfully.”
A second woman, Amy Lappos of Connecticut, said Biden’s inappropriate contact with her happened at a fundraiser in 2009.
This scandal broke just as Biden was looking to make the race to take on Donald Trump.
Asked about Biden’s potential candidacy against Trump’s by CBS News, Flores replied, “That’s not even a question. Of course I would support Biden.”
Meanwhile, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski wondered on-air whether Flores had a political motivation for her accusation, that of hobbling a potential Biden candidacy so as to favor that of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“A lot of folks will say that women need to be believed and heard, and I believe they should be heard. But are we allowed to bring up that Lucy Flores is a huge Bernie person? And she has political connections that might be counter to Biden’s goals?” Brzezinski said. ” … Is it OK to bring up this could be politically motivated? Or are we just supposed to take all the words and the fact she said she was violated at face value? Are we supposed to just leave it there and have this sort of attack on his credibility and his honor? Just sit there, or are we allowed to talk about it?”