Dem pollster says media has 'greatly exaggerated' Biden allegations

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said in an interview that aired Tuesday on Hill.TV's "What America's Thinking" that the media has overblown two allegations of inappropriate touching against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Democrats sense new momentum in Trump tax return fight Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie becomes first African to deliver Yale graduation speech MORE

"I think that the media has greatly exaggerated it," Lake, president at Lake Research Partners, told host Jamal Simmons on Monday. 

Two women have come forward in the last week to accuse Biden, who is expected to launch a 2020 White House bid, of inappropriate touching. 

Neither of the women said the interactions were sexual but both said they still made them feel uncomfortable. 

Biden issued a statement on Sunday saying that if he crossed any lines, it was unintentional.

Lake said the women had a right to tell their stories.

"On the other hand, I have worked with Joe Biden. I have worked with him on issues for decades. I worked with him in the 2008 campaign. There is nothing there. This is a man who is very affectionate toward men and women. Look at the shots of him with President Obama," she said. 

"This is a man who has empowered and supported women his entire career and I think the media is making way too much of this," she said. 

A spokesman for Biden issued a statement on Monday, saying that other interactions have been misinterpreted, especially by the news media. 

— Julia Manchester