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 BidenJapan to possibly ease COVID-19 restrictions before Olympics 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday China supplies millions of vaccine doses to developing nations in Asia MORE of “creepiness” around young girls Wednesday, saying the former vice president did not represent “meaningful improvement” over President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Carolina Senate passes trio of election measures 14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Border state governors rebel against Biden's immigration chaos 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.”


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 BookerZombie Tax punishes farmers to fill DC coffers Rand Paul does not support a national minimum wage increase — and it's important to understand why Absences force Senate to punt vote on Biden nominee MORE (D-N.J.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm 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.”