Bi­den to be more aware of ‘per­sonal space’

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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.

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