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Biden speaks to union amid women's complaints

Biden speaks to union amid women's complaints

Biden made an awkward joke about the situation Friday during his speech before the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, telling the crowd that "I had permission to hug" the union´s president. Later, after calling a group of children to join him on the stage, Biden put his arm around a young boy and said "by the way, he gave me permission to touch him".

"I'm sorry I didn't understand more, I'm not sorry for any of my intentions", he said.

Biden, who is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race, has faced allegations from at least seven women that they were troubled by physical interactions with him.

"Social norms are changing". As to where he falls on ideological lines, Biden added: "I'm an Obama-Biden Democrat, man". "Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful of personal space in the future. My responsibility, and I'll meet it", he said.

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and current Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (L) introduces U.S. Vice President Joe Biden at a get-out-the-vote rally at a union hall on November 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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After several women came forward to say that Biden had made them uncomfortable by doing things like touching their hair during public appearances, Trump tweeted a doctored video showing Biden massaging his own shoulders.

Still, signs of shifts in feelings in the party have been evident in recent complaints about Biden's history of publicly affectionate behavior with women.

Trump, despite saying he was unworried about a Biden challenge, posted what appeared to be a goading tweet just as the former vice president stopped talking, suggesting he might have been watching.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Friday she's running for president because she wants to "fight back" against President Donald Trump and how he has "destroyed the moral fabric" of who the United States is as a country.