Biden Promises to Be "More Mindful" of Women's Personal Space

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Biden Promises to Be "More Mindful" of Women's Personal Space

Former vice president Joe Biden, in a two-minute video released Wednesday, defended past behavior of close contact with women that has come under recent scrutiny, but also said he's able to change.

Sitting on a couch wearing a blue suit but no tie, Biden spoke to what appeared to be a smartphone camera directly, explaining how he had always treated politics as a personal affair.

But I'll always believe governing, quite frankly, life, for that matter, is about connecting, about connecting with people. I hear what they are saying. "I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders", he says. And I've never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic.

"Social norms are changing".

He also attributed the complaints against him to the fact that "social norms are changing".

The former United States vice-president posted a video on Twitter saying he will in future respect personal space. I understand it. And I'll be much more mindful, that's my responsibility. "That's my responsibility and I'll mean it". "They've shifted and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it, I get it".

Biden's video message comes after a weekend statement about the Flores allegation in which the former vice president, through a spokesman, said he did not recall the kissing incident.

Biden's comments come days after a CT woman said he touched her inappropriately and rubbed noses with her at a political fundraiser a decade ago.

The New York Times reported Tuesday night that two more women have accused Biden of touching that made them uncomfortable.

"After remarking on Biden being attacked by "socialists" over the touching claims, Trump joked: "'Welcome to the world, Joe. By all accounts, many liberal voters are ready to embrace Biden's entrance into the race and won't blink an eye at these troubling suggestions, especially considering the charges that have left Trump unfazed.

Mr Biden, a former longtime USA senator from DE, first said in a statement that he did not recall the episode that Ms Flores initially described in the magazine piece and then in subsequent weekend interviews.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, said the allegations against Biden were not disqualifying, but suggested Biden join what she called "the straight-arm club", and respect people's space by keeping them an arm's length away.

He added, "Joe Biden is my friend".

But other women have objected to the emerging narrative against Biden and chided the media for making assumptions about their interactions with the former vice-president.

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