Biden says he will be more "respectful and mindful" of personal space

Minnie Murray
April 4, 2019

"Social norms are changing". "I've always tried to make a human connection", he said of his physical interaction with women and men over the years and he acknowledged that the contact has made some uncomfortable.

"I will be more mindful and respectful of people's personal space".

"I hear what they're saying, I understand it, and I'll be much more mindful, that's my responsibility".

Biden, who has topped polls of likely Democratic challengers to Trump in 2020, has previously taken the president to task for his comments about women.

"He's being taken care of pretty well by the socialists". Something, something, anything that can help them get through the tragedy that they're going through, and so, it's just who I am. "You having a good time?" Biden has himself apologized in written statements for making women feel uncomfortable.

Biden, a former longtime USA senator from DE, first said in a statement that he did not recall the episode that Flores initially described in the magazine piece and then in subsequent weekend interviews. "That's my responsibility, I think".

Soon after former congressional aide Amy Lappos told the Hartford Courant that Biden reached for her face and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 fundraiser in Greenwich, Connecticut.


Late last week, former Nevada politician Lucy Flores wrote that Biden had grabbed her shoulders, smelled her hair and kissed her on the back of her head at a campaign event in 2014.

The mention was a nod to reports that supporters of rival presidential candidate, left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, are helping to promote the claims against Biden. Carter said Biden was a close friend and simply "offering his support".

A pro-Trump group released a minute-long advertisement titled "Creepy Joe Biden", featuring audio of Flores detailing her encounter and flashing images of Biden that include those disputed by the women in them.

It's one of the sorriest almost-kickoffs of a presidential campaign in recent political history, but Biden's non-apology likely gives him the space he needs to offer a counter-narrative while appearing to be accountable.

"Our children are watching". "I hear what they're saying".

Democrats have yet to say Biden's behavior is disqualifying, opting instead for a cautious and more nuanced conversation around the implications of his behavior.

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