Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if more people come forward with allegations that he inappropriately touched them. “I’ve had hundreds of people contact me, who I don’t know, say the exact opposite,” Biden said. “It is important that I and every one else is aware that any woman or man who feels uncomfortable, should have the right to say, I’m uncomfortable with that.” Biden made the comment after giving a speech in which he joked about consent twice. “I just want you to know that I had permission to hug Lonnie,” Biden said, referring to a hug with the union leader of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Lonnie Stephenson.
Biden has been accused by multiple women of inappropriate touching. The potential presidential candidate’s alleged actions have come under increased scrutiny since Lucy Flores, a former Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Nevada in 2014, came forward to accuse Biden of giving her an unwanted kiss. “I made it clear that if I made anyone feel uncomfortable, I feel bad about that, that was never my intention,” Biden told reporters on Friday. “I’m sorry I didn’t understand more. I’m not sorry for any of my intentions,” Biden said. “I’m not sorry for anything that I have ever done. I’ve never been disrespectful intentionally to a man or a woman.”