Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

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Biden quips he had 'permission' hug union leader, teases 2020 run saying he's 'close to a decision'

April 05, 2019 - 9:58 am

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Joe Biden made his first public appearance since women started to come forward with complaints that he touched them inappropriately.

The former Vice President started his speech to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Washington, with a joke.

"Just so you know, I had permission to hug Lonnie," he said, referring to union president Lonnie Stephenson.

Following the meeting he told reporters, "If I made anyone feel uncomfortable, I feel badly about that. I’m sorry I didn’t understand more. I’m not sorry for any of my intentions. I think it’s going to have to change how I campaign."

He admitted that he "wouldn't be surprised" if additional women come forward. 

As for running in 2020, he said, "We'll find out whether I can win a primary, adding he is close to a decision."

Biden posted a video this week saying he would get better about respecting women's personal space, after a number of women came forward to say he had made them uncomfortable.

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President Trump has been having some fun at Biden's expense. He retweeted a special effects video on Thursday, showing two Bidens -- one of them inappropriately touching the other.

Among those not amused by the president's tweet was Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

"He's walked into the mentality of a child, it's like he's in kindergarten," he said.

Biden responded to the tweet as well.

"I see that you are on the job and presidential as always," he wrote.

Biden still hasn't said whether he is actually running for president.

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