Former vice president Joe Biden, who is mulling a White House run, said Wednesday after coming under fire over his physical contact with women that he will be â€œmore mindfulâ€ in the future about respecting personal space. â€œSocial norms are changing, I understand that, and Iâ€™ve heard what these women are saying,â€ the 76-year-old Biden said in a message on his Twitter account.
â€œPolitics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future,â€ he said.
â€œThatâ€™s my responsibility and I will meet it,â€ said Biden, who is considering whether to seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.
Two women have gone public in the past week with claims that Biden inappropriately touched them years ago.
â€œIt wasnâ€™t sexual, but he did grab me by the head,â€ Amy Lappos told Connecticutâ€™s Hartford Courant newspaper about an incident at a 2009 political fundraiser.
Social norms are changing. I understand that, and Iâ€™ve heard what these women are saying. Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. Thatâ€™s my responsibility and I will meet it. pic.twitter.com/Ya2mf5ODtsâ€” Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 3, 2019
Former Nevada state lawmaker Lucy Flores said she was â€œmortifiedâ€ when Biden planted a â€œbig, slow kissâ€ on the back of her head as she waited to take the stage at a campaign rally five years ago.
Biden, in a video which accompanied his Twitter message, said that in his long political career he has â€œalways tried to make a human connection.
â€œThatâ€™s my responsibility, I thinkâ€”I shake hands, I hug people,â€ he said.
â€œWhether theyâ€™re women, men, young, old, itâ€™s the way Iâ€™ve always been, itâ€™s the way Iâ€™ve tried to show I care about them and Iâ€™m listening,â€ he said.
Biden added that he â€œgetsâ€ that the â€œboundaries of protecting personal space have been reset.â€ â€œI get it,â€ he said. â€œI hear what theyâ€™re saying. I understand it. And Iâ€™ll be much more mindful.
â€œThatâ€™s my responsibility and Iâ€™ll meet it.â€
Biden has yet to declare his candidacy, but he is already the early favorite to win the Democratic nomination and challenge Donald Trump in next yearâ€™s election.Â