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Dem Ex-Senator Defends Biden: ‘What is He Supposed to Say … I’m Sorry I Got Too Close to You?’

Former Senator Carol Moseley Braun (D-IL) thinks former Vice President Joe Biden‘s apology to Lucy Flores for inappropriately touching her should be accepted as good enough. Biden is a good person, she told CNN’s Dana Bash, and it is is unfair to accuse “a man who spent his life being nice to people” over a misunderstanding.

Flores, a former Democratic state assembly member from Nevada, said during a campaign event in 2014, Biden had inappropriately put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and kissed her head. Biden says acting inappropriately was never his intention.

Bashed asked Moseley-Braun whether Biden’s statement was enough.

“I think so. I think so. What else are you supposed to do? You know, ‘Lucy, I’m sorry, I got too close to you?’ I mean, seriously, what else is he supposed to do? He’s apologized to her and said he will listen to her,” said the former senator.

Moseley-Braun, who describes having worked closely with Biden in the past, said Biden’s interactions with women have been a “land mine” because he comes from a different culture in which they would be considered appropriate. She said that if Flores had a problem with Biden touching her she should have told him about it in private instead of making “a big kerfuffle” out of it.

“She did have power. She could have turned around and said, ‘don’t do that. Don’t touch me.’ She could have just spoken to him on the spot in the moment and expressed her point of view or her feelings about it,” said the former Senator. “If she was creeped out, say as much.”

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