Stacey Abrams defended Joe Biden on Thursday over allegations that the former vice president improperly touched women, saying "we can not have perfection as a litmus test" for the candidates .
The former governorship candidate in Democratic Georgia, who participated in MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show, added that she thought Biden was being held accountable and l & rsquo; Had applauded for being committed to changing behavior.
"We can not have perfection as a litmus test, the responsibility of the leaders is not to be perfect but to be accountable, to say, '' I made a mistake, I understand it and here's what I will do to reform myself as I move forward, "said Abrams.
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A number of women said last week that Biden, who is expected to announce his presidential campaign for 2020 in the coming weeks, had touched them in a way that would make them uncomfortable. Lucy Flores, a former Democratic legislator from Nevada, launched her first charge on Friday. Since then, at least six more women have come forward.
Biden released Wednesday a video saying that he would be "much more attentive" to the women's personal space.
"Social norms have started to change, they have changed, and the boundaries of personal space protection have been reset, and I understand that," he said. "I hear what they say, I understand it, I will be much more attentive, it is my responsibility and I will face it."
Abrams, who could also run for president in 2020, also reiterated Thursday her denial of a report that Biden considers her as running for vice president.
"I do not think you would run in second place," said Abrams. "I do not intend to enter the presidential race as the main candidate for the vice presidency.If I participate in the race for the presidency, I will participate in the race. to the presidency. "