Biden readies presidential run amid allegations

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence MORE is committed to running for president despite allegations of improper touching from two women in the last week.

Since the allegations broke, Biden and his top advisers have been reassuring supporters and donors that he is still moving forward and is expected to enter the race after Easter, sources say. 

“He's taking this all very seriously and is still committed to running," one Biden World source said, adding that the former vice president still feels like he is the best person to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers MORE in 2020. 

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Biden has been finalizing plans before launching a campaign. He is considering opening his campaign headquarters in Philadelphia and has been building a campaign in waiting.

Biden has been talking in recent days to lawmakers, supporters and donors to “run the traps” before entering the race, Biden allies say. 

On Friday, former Nevada legislator Lucy Flores accused Biden of inappropriate behavior, saying he grabbed her shoulders and kissed the back of her head in 2014 while she was running for lieutenant governor. A second woman, Amy Lappos, made a similar complaint of Biden concerning a 2009 fundraising event in Connecticut.

In a statement on Sunday, Biden said he has “offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort.” 

“And not once — never — did I believe I acted inappropriately,” Biden said. “If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention. I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. 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.”