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Pelosi Defends Biden Amid #MeToo Allegations

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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending former Vice President Joe Biden amid allegations that he acted inappropriately toward at least two women.

Pelosi told POLITICO Playbook Tuesday that the allegations against Biden do not disqualify him from running in the 2020 presidential race. (RELATED: Tucker: Nancy Pelosi Is The Leader Of CNN)

“I don’t think it’s disqualifying,” Pelosi said. “He has to understand in the world that we’re in now that people’s space is important to them, and what’s important is how they receive it and not necessarily how you intended it.”

US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address January 27, 2010 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Obama declared that the worst of the economic storm had passed, but that a trail of devastation was left behind. Seated behind Obama is Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama delivers his first State of the Union address … (MANDEl NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Biden was accused last week by former Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores of sniffing her hair and kissing her head without her consent. Flores, who was a supporter of Independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid, later admitted that politics was the “impetus” of her decision to come forward. (RELATED: Woman In Infamous ‘Misleading’ Biden Photo Defends Former Vice President)

“The reason why we’re having these conversations about Vice President Joe Biden is because he’s considering running for president,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.

A second woman came forward on Monday to accuse Biden of similar behavior, although admitted that it “wasn’t sexual.”

“It wasn’t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,” Democratic activist Amy Lappos said. “He put his hand around my neck and pulled me in to rub noses with me. When he was pulling me in, I thought he was going to kiss me on the mouth.”