Bi­den vows to be ‘mind­ful’ of per­sonal space

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JOE Bi­den has promised to be ‘ much more mind­ful’ of per­sonal bound­aries after he was ac­cused by two women of un­wanted touch­ing.

The for­mer US vice-pres­i­dent, 76, had pre­vi­ously ac­cused op­po­nents of ‘a cot­tage in­dus­try of lies’ and of ‘smears and forg­eries’ fol­low­ing the ha­rass­ment claims.

But in a video mes­sage yes­ter­day, the Democrats’ pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner said: ‘So­cial norms have be­gun to change. They’ve shifted. 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.’

Mr Bi­den, pic­tured in the video, also teased he would soon launch his bid to oust Don­ald Trump in the 2020 elec­tion – say­ing he would ‘be talk­ing to you about a whole lot of is­sues’.

Last week for­mer politi­cian Lucy Flores wrote in New York Mag­a­zine that Mr Bi­den ap­proached her from be­hind, touched her shoul­ders and kissed the back of her head in 2014.

An­other woman has since said Mr Bi­den grabbed her face when he was thank­ing con­gres­sional staff at an event in 2009.

Mr Bi­den had first said he did not re­call the in­ci­dent with Miss Flores.

In the video, Mr Bi­den sug­gested his af­fec­tion­ate man­ner may stem from a be­lief that ‘gov­ern­ing – life, for that mat­ter – is about con­nect­ing, con­nect­ing with peo­ple’. He added that he would be ’much more mind­ful’ of his future ac­tions.

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