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 BidenMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Hillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Biden offers well wishes to Lebanon after deadly explosion MORE of “creepiness” around young girls Wednesday, saying the former vice president did not represent “meaningful improvement” over President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary 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 BookerUSAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA rule extends life of toxic coal ash ponds | Flint class action suit against Mich. officials can proceed, court rules | Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill Senate Democrats introduce environmental justice bill MORE (D-N.J.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over 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.”