Biden to be more aware of ‘personal space’
WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden, trying to stem the escalating crisis over complaints from some women that his close physical contact made them uncomfortable, appeared in a new video Wednesday vowing to “be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space.”
“In my career, I’ve always tried to make a human connection – that’s my responsibility I think,” Biden said in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter feed. “I shake hands; I hug people; I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’ ”
But he added: “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’re saying.”
The video was his campaign’s fourth attempt to quell a rising tide of allegations from women who said they felt uncomfortable with the way that Biden had interacted with them in the past.