Mike Gravel: 'Joe Biden's creepiness around young girls not something to be dismissed'

Mike Gravel, the former Alaska senator running an unlikely presidential campaign, accused fellow White House candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE of “creepiness” around young girls Wednesday, saying the former vice president did not represent “meaningful improvement” over President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE.

“Not only is Joe Biden's creepiness around young girls not something to be dismissed lightly, his refusal to fully apologize and change his ways is indicative of how little he cares about sexual assault,” Gravel tweeted. “We deserve a meaningful improvement over Donald Trump: Joe ain't it.”

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Gravel, 88, was convinced to run for president by two teenagers who now manage his campaign and run his Twitter account. The account has criticized Biden in the past and has also launched attacks against other Democratic candidates, including Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility Black Voters Matter Fund deploying voter outreach caravans in 12 states to drive turnout MORE (D-N.J.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBogeymen of the far left deserve a place in any Biden administration Overnight Defense: Woodward book causes new firestorm | Book says Trump lashed out at generals, told Woodward about secret weapons system | US withdrawing thousands of troops from Iraq A socially and environmentally just way to fight climate change MORE (D). 

The Guardian reported that the two teens convinced Gravel to enter the race as an anti-war candidate and that while they write the tweets, the content is close to what he believes. Gravel is not seen as a serious contender for the Democratic nomination and has yet to visit Iowa or New Hampshire.

Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, has seen his behavior around women become an issue since several women complained of unwanted touching. On Tuesday at a campaign event, Biden reportedly placed his hands on a young girl’s shoulders and told her, “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.”

Most of Biden's rivals in the Democratic primary have not taken on the issue so far, though questions and comments seem likely at the first Democratic debates in June.   

Biden has defended his conduct but not apologized, saying he did nothing intentionally wrong.

Biden’s wife Jill has also claimed her husband has learned from listening to women, saying on “The View” earlier this month, “Joe heard that message, he heard it loud and clear.”