Potential Biden Opponents Offer Support for His Accuser

Potential Biden Opponents Offer Support for His Accuser


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
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At least two women who would be facing off with former vice president Joe Biden, if Biden jumps into the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, have offered words of support for the former Nevada assemblywoman accusing him of inappropriate contact.

In an essay published online, the former assemblywoman alleged that the inappropriate physical contact took place in 2014, when she was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

The allegations have rocked what seemed an almost inevitable entrance by Biden into the 2020 presidential campaign to take on incumbent Donald Trump. Biden has consistently led polling among the candidates and potential candidates.

Two female Democratic senators already in the presidential sweepstakes–Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts–offered words for Flores.

Asked about the issue by host Jonathan Karl during a segment of the ABC News program This Week, Klobuchar said, “I have no reason not to believe her, Jonathan and I think we know from campaigns, and from politics, that people raise issues and they have to address them and that’s what [Biden] will have to do with voters if he gets into the race.”

Warren was even more pointed when reporters asked her about the allegations.

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

Asked further whether Biden should abandon plans to join the race as a result, she replied, “That’s for Joe Biden to decide.”

Yet another Democratic senator, this one a male not running for president, seemed to balance the seriousness of the Flores allegation with his friendship for Biden.

“One allegation is not disqualifying, but it should be taken seriously,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois.

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