WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Responding to complaints that he made some girls uncomfortable by touching them at political occasions, former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday launched a video wherein he pledged to be “extra aware about respecting private house sooner or later.”
Biden has not but introduced whether or not he’ll be part of the 2020 Democratic presidential discipline, however is broadly anticipated to mount a bid within the coming weeks.
The video bit.ly/2OOhMFG is the newest try by Biden and his group to attempt to tamp down an argument that has flared since a Nevada politician, Lucy Flores, final week stated Biden made her really feel “uneasy, gross, and confused” when he kissed the again of her head at a 2014 marketing campaign occasion.
Since then, three different girls have stated Biden made them really feel uncomfortable in related trend. Biden has referred to as himself a “tactile politician” who thrives on interactions with the general public and has stated he doesn’t consider he ever acted inappropriately.
“Social norms are altering,” Biden stated in Wednesday’s video, which was posted on Twitter and lasts simply over two minutes. “I perceive that, and I’ve heard what these girls are saying.
“Politics to me has at all times been about making connections, however I might be extra aware about respecting private house sooner or later. That’s my accountability, and I’ll meet it.”
Biden has lengthy been recognized for a heat and intimate marketing campaign type. However his propensity for hugging and bodily touching has come underneath new scrutiny within the period of #MeToo and #TimesUp as consciousness about sexual assault and harassment has grown.
Public opinion polls have persistently proven Biden, 76, atop the 2020 Democratic discipline, which at the moment contains greater than a dozen candidates.
Biden was vp for eight years within the administration of Republican President Donald Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. Earlier than that, he was longtime U.S. senator from Delaware.
Reporting by James Oliphant; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis