Allegations of inappropriately touching women don't disqualify Vice President Joe Biden from running for president in 2020, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“I don’t think that this disqualifies him from being president,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Monday. “Not at all.”
Pelosi, who refrained from stating whether the allegations would damage Biden’s prospects in the 2020 race, made the remarks after two women accused Biden of touching them inappropriately.
Former Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores alleged Friday that Biden gave her an unwelcome kiss on the back of her head at a campaign rally in 2014, and Amy Lappos, a former congressional aide to Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., claimed Monday that Biden touched her inappropriately at a political fundraiser in 2009 when he tried to “rub noses” with her.
Biden defended his behavior with women in a statement Sunday.
“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,” Biden said.
“I will also remain the strongest advocate I can be for the rights of women,” Biden said. “I will fight to build on the work I’ve done in my career to end violence against women and ensure women are treated with the equality they deserve. I will continue to surround myself with trusted women advisers who challenge me to see different perspectives than my own. And I will continue to speak out on these vitally important issues where there is much more progress to be made and crucial fights that must be waged and won.”