Speak Out: Biden dilemma

Former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged Wednesday that his tendency toward physical displays of affection and encouragement has made some women uncomfortable, and he promised to be “much more mindful” of respecting personal space.

• Joe, your own party is burying you. Give it up. — Nan Mulligan

• Who is burying him? Everyone that I have heard speak out about it say they accept what his accusers are saying. They don’t think his actions were meant to be sexual, but if they made the women uncomfortable that he should take that in and change his behavior. It’s how adults deal with constructive criticism. — Jess Mortillfem

• (Norms) really haven’t shifted. Women have never liked leechy men thinking they can do whatever they want. Women are now more courageous about speaking up regarding this inappropriate behavior. — Mary Wolfe

• Before anyone begins the comparisons to the current president, most people aren’t going to acknowledge the bottom line here. This isn’t about “whataboutisms” of who did what. This boils down to how each one responded to these things One of them has denied the allegations and has mocked and insulted those who made the allegations and anyone who believes them. The other has acknowledged what they have done and appear willing to discuss and address them. — Brian P Slattery

• There is a difference between personal boundaries and blatant sexual assault. — Pammie Willis

• Doesn’t excuse his behavior in the least. — Cindy Burge

• There were always boundaries. Red or blue, everyone in Delaware knows Joe is a good and decent man. Lucy Flores should feel shameful. Even good men aren’t perfect. Biden on a bad day is better than Trump all year. There a good people and bad people and Lucy Flores diminishes women of all walks of life with her frivolous compliant. — Andrea Dwyer

• I feel like if he made her feel uncomfortable then OK, she should tell him. But I don’t really think there needs to be a press release and all of this nonsense made about it. Especially when you are not talking about anything that even comes close to a sexual-harassment claim. It feels to me like she is trying to be relevant or something in the “me too” movement … I don’t know. — Adrienna Matwey Werner

• It’s sad when genuine human expressions of kindness and compassion become suspect. — Patrick R. Weaver

• His own party is behind this. They don’t want him. It’s been public knowledge for years but to have these women come out is definitely too coincidental and it’s the democrats behind it. — Maureen McCartan Harris

• This society has become insane. No more human expression, no kindness, no compassion. Everyone is too tight up. That’s what’s wrong with people. So much hate, wow. — Andrea Bush

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