Biden vows to be ‘mindful’ of personal space
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.