Biden accusations aren't 'disqualifying': Pelosi

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Published on April 2, 2019 - Duration: 01:22s

Biden accusations aren't 'disqualifying': Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the allegations of unwanted and inappropriate touching against former Vice President Joe Biden don't disqualify him from the 2020 presidential race.

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Biden accusations aren't 'disqualifying': Pelosi

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday the allegations against former Vice President Joe Biden don't disqualify him from the 2020 presidential race.

"But I think that it's important for the Vice President and others to understand is it isn't what you intended, it's how it was received," said Pelosi.

On Monday, a Connecticut woman said Biden touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her at a 2009 political fundraiser, becoming the second person in three days to accuse the former vice president of unwanted physical contact as he considers a White House run.

Lappos posted about the alleged incident in a Connecticut Women in Politics Facebook group on Sunday in response to an account by former Nevada state legislator Lucy Flores, who last week accused Biden of kissing her on the back of the head at a 2014 event.

Asked about the Connecticut allegation, a Biden spokesman pointed to Biden's statement on Sunday, when he said he did not believe he ever acted inappropriately during his many years in public life and on the campaign trail.

"I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort.

And not once - never - did I believe I acted inappropriately," Biden said in the statement.

"If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully.

But it was never my intention."

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