Amy Lappos called on Joe Biden not
to run for the White House, saying: “Uninvited
affection is not okay. Objectifying women is not okay.”
Lucy Flores was running as the Democratic candidate for Nevada’s lieutenant
governor in 2014 when Joe Biden flew in to support her bid.
As she prepared to go on stage, Joe Biden placed two hands on her shoulders
from behind, smelled her hair then planted “a big slow kiss on the back of
Asked about the new allegation, a spokesman for Joe Biden referred reporters
to a statement he issued on March 31.
The statement read: “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.”
“But we have arrived at an
important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences,
and men should pay attention. And I will,” it added.
Joe Biden and Barack Obama were known for their close friendship, often seen
playing golf and attending sports events together. Joe Biden even said that
Barack Obama offered him financial help when his son was ill.
For his vice president’s birthday in 2017, Barack Obama posted a photo of
the two of them on Twitter, writing that Joe Biden was his “brother and
the best vice president anybody could have”.
On April, a spokesman for Joe Biden also accused “right wing
trolls” of presenting harmless images of the former vice president
interacting with women over the years as evidence of inappropriate touching.
A number of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have
backed Lucy Flores.
Senator Elizabeth Warren said Joe Biden “needs to give an answer”,
and Senator Amy Klobuchar said that in politics “people raise issues and
they have to address them”.
Some supporters though have defended him. Cynthia Hogan, a former aide to the vice-president, told the New York Times that Joe Biden “treated us with respect and insisted that others do the same”. An ally of Joe Biden told CNN he was not reconsidering a run for the White House following the allegations but stressed he was yet to make a decision.
Former Vice-President Joe Biden appeared to
announce his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election, before immediately
Joe Biden made the slip while addressing 1,000 Democrats at a dinner in his
home state of Delaware.
The democrat said his record was the most progressive “of anyone
running for the United-” before correcting himself and saying,
“anybody who would run”.
The audience stood up and chanted “run Joe run”, while the
76-year-old crossed himself and said: “I
didn’t mean it!”
Addressing party brokers and leaders in the city of Dover, Joe Biden said
that it was time to restore the country’s “backbone”, but that they
needed political consensus to move beyond what he called today’s
“mean”, “petty” and “vicious” political
“I’m told I get criticized by the
new left,” Joe Biden said, referring to a group of popular new
left-wing Democrats that includes congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“I have the most progressive record of
anybody running for the United- “
The former vice-president then corrected himself, saying: “Anybody who wouldrun.”
As the diners rose to their feet and
chanted “run Joe run”, Joe Biden laughed and insisted: “I didn’t mean it!”
“Of anybody who would run,” he continued.
“Because folks, we have to bring this country back
Democrat Senator Bernie Sanders has
announced his second bid for presidency in 2020.
Bernie Sanders, 77, became a
progressive political star in 2016 although he lost his candidacy bid.
His campaign says it raised $1 million
within three and half hours of launching.
An outspoken critic of President Donald Trump, the Vermont senator has described him as a “pathological liar” and “racist”.
Bernie Sanders – an independent who
caucuses with the Democrats – is one of the best-known names to join a crowded
and diverse field of Democratic candidates, and early polls suggest he is far
His calls for universal
government-provided healthcare, a $15 national minimum wage and free college
education electrified young voters, raised millions of dollars in small
donations and are now pillars of the party’s left wing.
Bernie Sanders, who lost the 2016
Democratic primary to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said in his
email: “Three years ago, when we
talked about these and other ideas, we were told that they were ‘radical’ and
“Together, you and I and our 2016 campaign began the
political revolution. Now, it is time to complete that revolution and implement
the vision that we fought for.”
Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has said he is
“seriously considering” running for president in 2020.
Howard Schultz, who stepped down as Starbucks’ boss in 2018, says he is
considering running as a centrist independent candidate in 2020.
In a series of tweets, he said the current two political parties in the US
were “more divided than ever”.
During an interview with CBS’ 60
Minutes, Howard Schultz said he had been a “lifelong Democrat”
but criticized the current two-party dominated system.
He said: “We’re living at a
most-fragile time not only the fact that this president is not qualified to be
the president, but the fact that both parties are consistently not doing what’s
necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day,
in revenge politics.”
Democratic presidential candidate
Julián Castro is among those who have criticized the move.
Julián Castro told CNN that Howard
Schultz’s potential run could give President Donald Trump the “best hope
of getting re-elected” by splitting the opposition vote.
He said: “I would suggest to Mr. Schultz to truly think about the negative
impact that might make.”
Howard Schultz rebuffed that
criticism during his CBS interview, insisting: “I wanna see the American people win.
“I don’t care if you’re a Democrat, Independent,
Libertarian, Republican. Bring me your ideas and I will be an independent
person, who will embrace those ideas. Because I am not, in any way, in bed with
Howard Schultz, a former espresso
machine salesman, grew up in public housing in Brooklyn, New York.
He started working for the original
Seattle Starbucks chain back in 1982 when it only had 11 outlets selling coffee
Howard Schultz, now 65, acquired the
company in 1987 and by the time he stepped down in 2018, it had grown to 28,000
cafe in 77 countries around the world.
He frequently used his position to speak out on social issues like
immigration and gun control.
He now has an estimated fortune of about $3 billion and is a regular donor
to Democrat campaigns, including that of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Howard Schultz’s departure as CEO of Starbucks last year sparked rumor of
his political ambitions.
His comments on January 27 prompted coffee-themed criticism by some on
The Washington State Democrats posted a photograph, without
comment, of a Starbucks cup with: “Don’t do it Howard” written on.