Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin recently stated that he thinks just one allegation of sexual misconduct isn’t a big enough deal to prevent former Vice President Joe Biden from running in 2020.
“Certainly one allegation is not disqualifying, but should be taken seriously,” Durbin replied when Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” asked if former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores’s allegations against the former vice president was enough to derail his candidacy.
Flores revealed her allegations against the 2020 hopeful Friday in the New York Magazine op-ed titled “An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden.” She said Biden, who was campaigning for Flores at the time, kissed her and smelled her hair without consent.
“Joe Biden is a friend and a seasoned veteran when it comes to political campaigns — I know nothing about the allegations, that I also read this morning as well,” Durbin stated. “I think all of us should take each allegation seriously and with respect.”
“I took Joe Biden’s statement to say just that exactly,” he noted, referencing the following statement from Biden’s spokesperson that was included in the article:
“Neither then, nor in the years since, did he or the staff with him at the time have an inkling that Ms. Flores had been at any time uncomfortable, nor do they recall what she describes. But Vice President Biden believes that Ms. Flores has every right to share her own recollection and reflections, and that it is a change for better in our society that she has the opportunity to do so. He respects Ms. Flores as a strong and independent voice in our politics and wishes her only the best.”
“Yes, I think he’s ready if that’s his decision to move forward in this presidential campaign,” Durbin added. “We have a spirited field of 15 or 16 candidates across the spectrum in the Democratic Party and its values.”