WASHINGTON – Former Vice President Joe Biden recently apologized after several women accused him of not respecting their personal space.
Biden, 76, said in a video released Wednesday: “The boundaries of respecting personal space have been reset. And I get it. I get it. I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. And I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility.”
Biden has hinted that he is strongly considering running for president in 2020 and most polls have shown that he is clear favorite of Democratic primary voters.
But how might the accusations, which stem from interactions said to have occurred years ago, affect Biden’s campaign? Might his apology suffice as redemption?
TMN spoke with three Democratic senators and asked their thoughts.
“He’s (Biden) answered that in his statements and his video…let the campaigns go on,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) said.
When pressed further, Van Hollen said: “(Biden) has said it best and I’m gonna leave it to his own statements.”
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.) said if Biden decides to run his fate will be left to the voters.
“The (former) vice president will have to answer that question about whether he’s going to run or not, and then the voters will decide,” she said.
When asked if the length of time between the alleged interactions and the accusations matters, Shaheen demurred, saying: “I think it helps contribute to the national conversation we’re having about how we address this issue.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) said he had heard about Biden’s apology but had not yet seen the video.
Leahy then relayed a story about a personal interaction shared between his mother and the former vice president.
“I know how excited my mother was when he (Biden) gave her a hug. She said: ‘What a nice young man.