Former Vice President Joe Biden is addressing allegations made against him by several women who accuse him of making displays of affection that made them feel uncomfortable.
In a cell-phone video posted to Twitter, Biden promised to be “more mindful of respecting personal space,” saying, “I get it.”
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying. 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. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODts
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
“Social norms have begun to change. They’ve shifted,” the 76-year-old Biden said. “And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they are saying. I understand.”
“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,” Biden promised.
Biden revealed that through his long tenure in politics he has always tried to make a personal connection, saying, “I’ve never thought of politics as cold and antiseptic. I’ve always thought it about connecting with people, as I said, shaking hands, hands on the shoulder, a hug, encouragement, and now, it’s all about taking selfies together.”
“I hear what they’re saying, I understand it, and I’ll be much more mindful, that’s my responsibility. My responsibility, and I’ll meet it,” he said.
Biden has yet to formally announce he will enter the 2020 Democratic presidential race.