Biden Promises to Be ‘More Mindful’ About Respecting Personal Space
Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday responded to accusations about him inappropriately touching women by releasing a video in which he says he will be more mindful in the future of people’s personal space.
In the two-minute video, which he released via Twitter, a relaxed and soft-spoken Biden hinted at his yet-to-be announced presidential bid, saying “in the coming month, I expect to be talking about of whole lot of issues,” promising to “always be direct with you.”
Biden then switched gears by saying “today I want to talk about gestures of support and encouragement.”
Last week, a former Nevada legislator, Lucy Flores, said Biden had made her uncomfortable by gripping her shoulders, smelling her hair and kissing her on the back of her head as she was preparing to go on stage at a 2014 campaign rally for her lieutenant governor bid.
Since then, another woman has said Biden grabbed her face and rubbed noses with her during a 2009 congressional staff event.
In his first public remarks about the accusations, Biden explained that over the course of his career, he’d “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,” he said. “It’s always been my way of showing I care about them and I’m listening.”
But Biden went on to acknowledge that the times have changed since he entered politics.
“Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I’ve heard what these women are saying,” Biden said. “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 is expected to announce a 2020 Democratic presidential bid in coming weeks.
In The News
WASHINGTON -- A powerful congressional committee is beginning an investigation into reports the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed information about members of Congress and journalists during the Trump administration. The committee’s chairman said he was concerned the Justice Department “used criminal investigations as a pretext to spy... Read More
ATLANTA (AP) — Amber McReynolds, CEO of The National Vote at Home Institute, helped state and local election officials prepare for the record number of mailed ballots cast during last year's presidential election. She also was recently confirmed by the Senate to serve on the Board... Read More
ELM GROVE, Wis. (AP) — Standing on the sidelines of her son's soccer practice in this upscale suburb, Laura Hahn looked skyward for answers when asked how she would rate President Joe Biden's first 100 days in office. Overall, Biden is doing well, she said after... Read More
Democrat Rita Hart threw in the towel Wednesday afternoon, giving up her bid to represent Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, and effectively ending the 2020 election cycle. Hart, who had been challenging the outcome of the race before the Committee on House Administration, said in a brief... Read More
Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News, arguing the cable news company sought to boost faltering ratings by falsely claiming the voting machine company had rigged the 2020 election. The company, which is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and Denver,... Read More
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Election systems in the Deep South in 2020 suffered from numerous shortcomings, making it harder for many voters -- particularly those from communities of color -- to safely cast their ballots, states a new analysis by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report... Read More