Biden makes first appearance since complaints about unwelcome touching

After jokes that he made at the event about touching people echoed across social media, the former vice president came out to explain.
2:25 | 04/06/19

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Now to the price for 2020. Vice president Joe Biden has not officially declared a run. His first public appearance since accused of inappropriate touching. Making light of it inside the hall. Outside the hall walking up to reporters to explain his humor on stage. ABC's senior national correspondent Terry Moran was there. Reporter: Joe Biden emerged on stage to the cheers of a friendly union crowd, his first appearance since several women went public with complaints about his unwelcome touching. I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie. I, uh, I don't know, man. Reporter: Minutes later, Biden inviting the kids in the audience up to the stage. And you guys can sit on the edge, if you guys -- I don't want you to have to stand all along. By the way he gave me permission for me to touch him. Reporter: This crowd, organized labor, is the heart of the Biden base. How do you think we built the great middle class? Unio. That's a fact! Unions! Reporter: Then he went after president trump. This country can't afford four more years of a president locked in the past and grudges. Reporter: But even as he spoke, it was those jokes he made about touching people that were already echoing across social media. And so immediately after, Biden came out to explain. Look. It wasn't my intent to make light of anyone's discomfort. I realize it is my responsibility not to invade space of anyone who is uncomfortable. Do you think you owe these women a direct apology who have come forward so far? Well, look the fact of the matter is I made it clear, if I made you feel uncomfortable, I feel badly about that. That was never my intention. Ever. Ever. Enchts Terry Moran live with us from Washington tonight. And this controversy is going to change some what how he come pains. He did say that, David. He acknowledged times have changed and he will have to change. That will be a challenge. He first ran for office 50 years ago, a half century ago and he has been a candidate as they used to say press the flesh. That has to change. David. Terry, thanks. The battle over president

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