Presidential hopeful Joe Biden has had a bit of negative PR leading up to his announcement that he will run in the 2020 election. Numerous women have come forward with allegations that Biden was inappropriate with them, a claim that Biden and his wife adamantly deny. But a comment from one Biden supporter left the candidate a bit rattled at a recent rally.
[Scroll Down For Video]
At a rally in Las Vegas, Biden’s first campaign appearance since announcing his candidacy, a woman can be heard yelling: “You can hug and kiss me anytime, Joe.”
The comment was met with rounding applause from supporters. Biden laughed along with the roomful of supporters before replying, “That’s very nice. Thank you.”
NBC News caught up with the woman at the rally who identified herself as Libby Peterson. Biden was visibly flustered after the woman’s remark. Although she apparently meant it as a compliment, it brings up an issue that the presidential candidate probably wants to avoid.
Earlier this year, Lucy Flores, a former politician turned advocate for women, claimed that Biden made unwanted advances toward her during a 2014 rally when she was running for Nevada Lieutenant Governor, NBC News reported.
Flores claimed that the incident left her “embarrassed,” “shocked” and “confused.” At the time, Biden claimed these allegations held no merit, but Biden did indicate that he would be more mindful of the personal space of women around him in the future.
“Social norms have begun to change, they’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it,” Biden said in a video response to the allegations. “I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.”
Jill Biden stands behind her husband throughout the course of these allegations. In an interview NBC Today, Jill said: “There used to be a time when it was acceptable for people to, I don’t know, connect with one another with a touch on the arm. But now things have changed, you know?” Jill explained. “Joe heard what she said. I thought it was very courageous that she came out, spoke out, and like I said before, that has happened to me.”
These allegations have apparently not hurt Biden’s campaign as he amassed $6.4 million within the first 24 hours of announcing his presidency, The Hill reported. As we inch towards the 2020 election, this will undoubtedly be a point of contention in any upcoming debates.