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Joe Biden: ‘I’m not sorry’

April 5, 2019 GMT

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Friday that he was not sorry for his habit of stroking and kissing women in professional settings.

“I’m sorry I didn’t understand more. I’m not sorry for any of my intentions. I’m not sorry for anything I’ve ever done,” he told reporters in Washington.

Mr. Biden is poised to enter the 2020 Democratic presidential race as the front-runner, but recent complaints by several women about his handsy behavior over the years has cast doubt over his expected run.

With nearly 50 years in public life, Mr. Biden said that his record speaks for itself.

“I’ve never been disrespectful intentionally to a man or a woman,” he said. “You know, it’s not the reputation I’ve had since I was in high school, for God’s sake.”

Though polls show him leading a crowded Democratic primary field, Mr. Biden, 76, faces headwinds for being part of the old guard and out of step with the party’s progressive and socialist movement.

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.

“The idea that all the sudden the Democratic Party woke up and, you know, everybody asked what kind of Democrat [are you]? I’m an Obama-Biden Democrat, man. I’m proud of it,” he said.

Asked why he was waiting to announce his presidential run, he that, if he was running, it was always his plan to be “the last person to announce.”