Former United States vice-president Joe Biden has promised to be "much more mindful" of respecting personal space after acknowledging his tendency towards physical displays of affection made some women uncomfortable. "And the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it".
When a second woman came forward on Monday claiming Biden made her feel uncomfortable at a 2009 CT fundraiser, his team pointed to his response from Sunday.
He has not yet announced whether he will join the 2020 Democratic field.
The New York Times released the story on Tuesday, with the two women explaining why the interactions made them feel uneasy. "That's my responsibility. My responsibility, and I'll meet it".
"I will be more mindful and respectful of people's personal space", he adds.
Similarly, Biden's poor treatment of Anita Hill during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, during which Hill was questioned about accusations of sexual harassment she made against Thomas, were recently revisited with regards to the Brett Kavanaugh hearings. "I may not recall these moments the same way, and I may be surprised at what I hear", Biden said.
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"It's just who I am".
Flores, for her part, said she was encouraged to come forward now, because she believed Biden's past behavior with women was not being scrutinized as he prepares for a possible presidential run.
"I never filed a complaint, to be honest, because he was the vice president". I hear what you're saying.
"After remarking on Biden being attacked by "socialists" over the touching claims, Trump joked: "'Welcome to the world, Joe.
Biden's supporters, including several women, have been quick to defend the former vice president. At a swearing-in ceremony for Coons in 2015, a video captured Biden holding the upper arm of the senator's 13-year-old daughter, leaning into her and whispering into her ear while she appears visibly uncomfortable.
Biden has always been known for a warm and intimate campaign style. A spokesperson for Biden also sent a list to reporters of quotes from women affirming their support.
Biden is known for physically embracing people in public.