A former Nevada state assemblywoman accused Joe Biden of inappropriately kissing her in 2014. On Sunday, Lucy Flores stated that she wants the former vice president “to acknowledge that it was wrong.”
“I’m glad that he’s willing to listen,” she told CNN’s “State of the Union” minutes after Biden released a statement saying he does not believe he has ever acted “inappropriately” but “will listen respectfully” to his accuser.
“If he is saying that he never believed that that was inappropriate, then frankly I think that’s a little bit of a disconnect,” she said.
“I want him to change his behavior, and I want him to acknowledge that it was wrong,” she continued.
According to The Hill, Flores says that while Biden was vice president, he came up to her from behind, put his hands on her shoulders, inhaled her hair and kissed her on the back of her head at a campaign rally supporting her bid for lieutenant governor in Nevada.
“What I am saying is that it’s completely inappropriate, that it does not belong in any kind of a professional setting, much less in politics, and that is something that we should consider when we are talking about the background of a person who is considering running for president,” she told CNN after describing the alleged incident.
Biden on Sunday said in his “many” years in public life, “I have 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,” he said.
“I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear,” Biden continued. “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.”