- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 presidential candidate, said Tuesday former Vice President Joseph R. Biden should still enter the race despite allegations of inappropriate behavior, adding the “voters will have to decide.”

“These individuals feel demeaned and that’s not OK. … There is a conversation happening in this country, and it is about, ‘Do we value women’ and when we allow this space for women to come forward, to tell their truth, tell what they’ve experienced, you have to not only receive them and believe them so you can investigate,” the New York Democrat said on MSNBC.

“I think it’s an issue he will have to address with voters, and the voters will have to decide,” she added.

Mr. Biden, the current front-runner among the 2020 presidential candidates despite not entering the race, has come under fire recently for misconduct allegations including inappropriate displays of affections.

When asked whether Mr. Biden should drop out, Ms. Gillibrand said no.

“What I’m saying now is it’s something he’s going to have to address,” she said.

Responding to the first allegation posed by Nevada politician Lucy Flores, Mr. Biden said in a statement to CNN, “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.”

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