'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

'He gave me permission': Joe Biden jokes about touching complaints

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday tried to use humor to defuse his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women but acknowledged he'd have to change the way he campaigns as he outlined how he could win the presidential nomination of a Democratic Party that some argue has moved to his left.

Biden's remarks were his first public comments since more than a half-dozen women aired their complaints that he had touched them inappropriately at political events.

Flores and several other women have been clear that they don't view Biden's conduct as violent or sexual. Biden said. "Everyone knows I like kids better than people". "I get it. I hear what they're saying", According to him, "politics has always been about making human connections" which includes shaking hands with people, hugging them, and "grabbing men and women by their shoulders" to encourage them.

"I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie", he said.

Trump also said that he did not view Biden "as a threat", adding "I think he's only a threat to himself". "I'm not sorry for anything I've ever done - I've never been disrespectful, intentionally, to a man or a woman".

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Former Vice President Joe Biden denounced the "sophisticated" and "elitist" attitudes that he believes have overtaken the United States in the past 15-20 years, in a speech delivered to union leaders on Friday. That was in response to a question of whether he would directly apologize to the women he made feel uncomfortable.

"He gave me permission to touch him all right?"

Biden, 76, has been mulling another White House run for several months, and has been inching toward a decision. That's my responsibility I think. Asked what's the hold up, he responded, "The hold up?"

Biden served under former Vice President Barack Obama, whom many have charged as both too "sophisticated" and "elitist", including former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, during her 2008 run for the Democratic nomination against Obama.

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