Joe Biden to Reporters: I’m Sorry I Didn’t ‘Understand,’ But Not ‘For Anything That I Have Ever Done’


Former Vice President Joe Biden took questions from reporters for the first time since allegations that his public displays of affection crossed boundaries and made a number of women feel uncomfortable.

Biden earnestly addressed the allegations but fell short of making a full apology. “I’m sorry I didn’t understand more,” he said, adding, “I’m not sorry for any of my intentions”

When asked if he expected more women to come forward to raise concerns about his behavior Biden replied “I wouldn’t be surprised”  adding “But I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of people who contact me and say the exact opposite.”

Biden addressed the media after speaking at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers’ (IBEW) construction and maintenance conference on Friday morning. During the speech, the former Vice President innocently put his arm around a young boy and told the audience “by the way, he gave me permission to touch him,” which drew a big laugh.

Biden acknowledged the week-long controversy for the first time publicly, after releasing a video Wednesday in which he claimed to understand the “shifting social norms” and pledged to ostensibly do better.

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