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Delaware Senator Defends Biden Following Accusations of Unwanted Touching Against Former VP

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DELMAR, Del.- U.S. Sen. Tom Carper on Monday defended former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, after he was accused of inappropriate behavior by a former Nevada assemblywoman.

Carper (D-Delaware) said Biden, who is weighing a possible bid for president, is frequently a personable and friendly person who some times makes physical gestures of affection that can be misinterpreted.

Last week, Biden faced allegations from former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who said Biden in 2014 kissed her on the back of the head and touched her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable during a campaign event.

"Treat other people the way you want to be treated. I think that's what he tries to do and I'm sure there was nothing ill-intended in this case," Carper said.

Biden said on Sunday he doesn't believe he ever acted inappropriately toward women but will "listen respectfully" to suggestions he did.

In that statement, Biden said: "In my many years on the campaign trail and 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."

Flores has said she believes the alleged behavior should disqualify Biden from the 2020 race for president.

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