STORM LAKE, Iowa (CBS/AP) — Some Democratic presidential candidates expressed support Saturday for the Nevada political candidate who alleged former Vice President Joe Biden kissed her on the back of her head in 2014. But they didn’t say it disqualifies Biden from joining the race.
Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro said they believed Lucy Flores. She wrote in New York magazine that she felt uncomfortable with her interactions with Biden.READ MORE: Dartmouth College Requires Remote Employees Be Vaccinated
“I don’t know anything about it,” Warren told reporters. “But obviously, if there’s a problem, then Joe Biden needs to answer.”
Warren and Castro said it’s up to Biden to decide whether he should join the race.READ MORE: Veteran Sportscaster Bob Neumeier Dies
Biden spokesman Bill Russo said in a statement that Biden doesn’t remember kissing Flores.
“In my many years on the campaign trial and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort,” Biden’s statement said. “And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested that I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention.”
The rally’s organizer, Henry R. Munoz III, said in a statement Saturday that he spoke to several key people and staff who attended the rally and that they “do not believe that circumstances support allegations that such an event took place.”MORE NEWS: Beverly Man Dies While Hiking On New Hampshire Trail
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