Biden responds to allegations: 'I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future'

David Caplan
April 03, 2019 - 3:11 pm

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WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Former vice president Joe Biden, a buzzed-about possible 2020 contender, posted a video on Twitter Wednesday afternoon in response to the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him.

"Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying," he wrote. "Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That’s my responsibility and I will meet it."

In the two-minute video, Biden says, "I've always tried to make a human connection, that's my responsibility, I think. I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say 'you can do this.' Whether they are women, men, young, old, that's the way I've always been. It's the way I've tried to show I care while I'm listening .. But I'll always believe life is connecting with people."

Biden, 76, added, "I've worked my whole life to empower women."

Following allegations by Lucy Flores, a former Nevada lawmker, Biden said in a statement, "In my many years on the campaign trail and in public life, I have offered countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once -- never -- did I believe I acted inappropriately. If it is suggested I did so, I will listen respectfully. But it was never my intention."

He added, "I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear. But we have arrived at an important time when women feel they can and should relate their experiences, and men should pay attention. And I will."

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