Graham defends Biden amid allegations: He means nothing bad

Republican Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden meets with lawmakers amid domestic agenda panic The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - House Democrats plagued by Biden agenda troubles Graham tries to help Trump and McConnell bury the hatchet MORE (S.C.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike GOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase MORE (Maine) are defending former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Biden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Biden to tap law professor who wants to 'end banking as we know it' as OCC chief: reports 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 TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election 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 FeinsteinSenate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Republicans caught in California's recall trap F-35 fighter jets may fall behind adversaries, House committee warns MORE (D-Calif.) called Biden a “warm, tactile person” earlier this week.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill On The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure 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 SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (I-Vt.).