SCW NEWSWATCH: “Joe Biden’s history of unwanted touching threatens to put off women voters” – Los Angeles Times/ Virginian-Pilot

File Photo of Joe Biden, Mostly Turned to the Side, Gesturing with Both Hands, with U.S. Flags in the Background, adapted from image at ar.usembassy.gov

The Los Angeles Times, in an article picked up by the Virginian-Pilot, addresses concerns over a series of incidents, over time, involving Joe Biden coming into various forms of physical contact with women. Biden is a de facto Democrat Presidential hopeful and former Vice President and U.S. Senator from Delaware.

“An allegation that Joe Biden inappropriately touched a Nevada state lawmaker is renewing questions about his appeal to women if he seeks the Democratic presidential nomination. … his handling of Anita Hill’s sexual harassment allegations … at Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 … already [was among] serious vulnerabilities. If Biden launches his third campaign for president, as expected, he will be joining a crowded field of Democratic rivals that includes four women in the U.S. Senate …. Beyond the primaries, the new accusation raises questions about whether Biden, in a general-election contest, would strike a weak contrast with … Trump …. The 2020 presidential race is the first to occur after the explosion of the #MeToo movement …. Biden … has long had a reputation as an affable politician who is quick to smile and put his hands on people. … But in another light, Biden’s behavior struck some as disturbing. At a Senate swearing-in ceremony in 2015, Biden whispered in the ear of a senator’s teenage daughter and kissed the side of her head, an interaction that a conservative writer described as a ‘lecherous elderly man creeping on underage girl’ and said Biden would’ve caught more flak if he were a Republican. … Ana Navarro-Cardenas, the Republican strategist and commentator, wrote on Twitter that Biden needs to stop the ‘touchy-feely’ conduct that makes people uncomfortable. …”

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