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Biden accuser says she'd still support him in election against Trump: 'That's not even a question'


'Of course I would support Biden'

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Lucy Flores — the former Nevada state lawmaker who accused former Vice President Joe Biden of inappropriately touching and kissing her at a 2014 political event — was asked by CBSN anchor Tanya Rivero if she'd still support Biden if he went up against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.

Flores — a Democrat — was resolute in her response Monday: "That's not even a question," she told Rivero. "Of course I would support Biden."

The former vice president is the front-runner among Democrats for the 2020 nomination although Biden hasn't officially announced his candidacy.

What about during the primaries?

However, Flores said she wouldn't support Biden during Democratic primaries: "In the context of [Biden's] entire history ... he's not someone I would support in the primary," she said.

Flores pointed to Biden — who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation of Clarence Thomas as a Supreme Court Justice in 1991 — saying he wished he "could have done something" to help Anita Hill, who accused Thomas of sexual harassment.

"You actually could have done more," Flores said of Biden to CBSN. "You were the chair."

She also noted Biden's previous anti-abortion stances as a reason for non-support.

Should Obama speak out?

When she was asked if former President Barack Obama should speak about Biden's alleged behavior, Flores told CBSN that others "should weigh in where they feel it's appropriate."

"This isn't, again, just about Joe Biden," she added to the network. "This is about the larger conversation. Part of the reason we are having this conversation now is because his behavior wasn't taken seriously. This isn't new. I'm not bringing up something that people have not been aware of. It was considered an open secret that he behaved inappropriately with women, but it was because we didn't treat it with the seriousness that it deserved. And this applies to all men in powerful positions. This is about ensuring that women have an autonomy to their own bodies and they have their own space. And this is about consent."

What else?

A second woman came forward Monday saying Biden touched her inappropriately at a 2009 fundraiser.

Biden had this to say in response: "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, however, told CBSN that isn't enough because Biden isn't acknowledging his "inappropriate" behavior.

"I think that in terms of when he talks about his motivation ... we really need to also acknowledge that ... it's not about the intent, it is about the person on the receiving end of that behavior — that unwanted behavior — and the way in which it makes that person feel, especially, especially in a situation where you have that kind of a power imbalance going on," Flores added to the network.

Outspoken, "believe all women" actress Alyssa Milano defended Biden on Twitter, pointing to his claim that he didn't have any ill intentions connected to his actions. Milano was subsequently called out for hypocrisy as she was among the loudest voices against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh despite the lack of corroborating evidence of sexual assault claims against him.

Co-hosts of "The View" Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar also went to bat for Biden.

"I think it would be really unfortunate if we got rid of everyone who's just an affection person, you know?" Behar said Monday.

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