Graham defends Biden amid allegations: He means nothing bad

Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBolton exit provokes questions about Trump shift on Iran The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Graham: US should consider strike on Iranian oil refineries after attack on Saudi Arabia MORE (S.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret Collins The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Congress passes bill to begin scenic byways renaissance Senators say Trump open to expanding background checks MORE (Maine) are defending former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden bemoans white supremacy in remarks at civil rights movement site Gun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Sunday shows - Guns dominate after Democratic debate MORE amid allegations from four women that he touched them inappropriately, according to HuffPost

Biden’s style is that of a “glad-handing politician,” Graham, a close Senate ally of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHarris bashes Kavanaugh's 'sham' nomination process, calls for his impeachment after sexual misconduct allegation Celebrating 'Hispanic Heritage Month' in the Age of Trump Let's not play Charlie Brown to Iran's Lucy MORE’s, told the publication.


“Maybe at times he’s done some things that make people feel uncomfortable, but it matters to me what his intent is,” Graham told reporters Wednesday. “I just think he’s a good guy. I think he means nothing bad by this.”

Collins said the former vice president is “a very friendly, affectionate individual who is a natural toucher” and said she had “never found him to be inappropriate.”

Biden served in the Senate with Graham from 2003 to 2009 and with Collins from 1997 to 2009.

Four women have accused Biden of touching them inappropriately, including former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who said Biden kissed the back of her head and sniffed her hair in 2014.

Biden has denied that he did anything inappropriate, but promised to listen to his accusers.

Numerous allies and former colleagues of Biden have defended his conduct, including former Missouri Sen. Jean Carnahan (D), who said Tuesday that Biden has a “deep desire to share in the lives of others.” Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinTrump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions This week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings GOP senators object to White House delaying home-state projects for border wall MORE (D-Calif.) called Biden a “warm, tactile person” earlier this week.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiProgressives call for impeachment inquiry after reported Kavanaugh allegations The promise and peril of offshoring prescription drug pricing Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said that while Biden’s conduct did not “disqualify him” from the presidency, the former VP “has to understand, in the world that we're in now, that people's space is important to them.”

Biden has not yet announced a run for the Democratic presidential nomination but has consistently led the field in polling, usually followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGun control: Campaigning vs. legislating Booker defends middle-ground health care approach: 'We're going to fight to get there' Sunday shows preview: Democratic candidates make the rounds after debate MORE (I-Vt.).