Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

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"It's an expansion of the GI Bill", she said, adding that it is a better solution to making college more accessible and affordable.

Then came his appearance Friday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Conference. "That won't change, but I'll be more mindful and respectful of people's personal space, and that's a good thing".

Biden's awkwardness with women is no secret. "I had permission to hug Lonnie".

But the Delaware Democrat´s rollout might have been clouded by revelations from multiple women over the past week that Biden had touched them inappropriately or made them feel uncomfortable.

"Even if I knew for certain I was going to run for president my intention from the beginning if I were to run would be the last person to announce", the former Vice President revealed. "I'm not sorry for anything I've ever done - I've never been disrespectful, intentionally, to a man or a woman".

President Donald Trump and Joe Biden both treated questions about the former vice president's conduct around women as a joking matter in separate remarks Friday. Asked if the allegations will change the way he campaigns, Biden said it would. "Sort of, I don't know, leaves me scratching my head". I'm going to tell you now: "President Trump could win re-election if we don't nominate the right candidate".

Two days earlier, he posted an online video in which he promised to stop invading people's personal space.

The promise did not satisfy critics who demand an apology.

"The vast majority of the members of the Democratic party are still basically liberal to moderate Democrats in the traditional sense", Biden said.

Mr. Biden said he has always been progressive and did not buy into the news media narrative about the leftward drift of the Democratic Party. "I'm an Obama-Biden Democrat, man", he said, "and I'm proud of it". "And I'm proud of it".

He is expected to enter the race this month.

Speaking to reporters after his speech, Biden said it wasn't his intent to "make light of anyone's discomfort".