Buttigieg on Biden allegations: 'Not a bad thing' everyone is being held to 'very high standard'

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegFormer Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan dies How Republicans can embrace environmentalism and win In politics, as in baseball, it ain't over till it's over MORE (D) said Wednesday that it's "not a bad thing" people are "being held to a very high standard" in response to a question about allegations of inappropriate touching against former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE.

"I haven't had a chance to view the whole video so I'll leave it to the VP to say what he wants to say," Buttigieg, said about the former vice president's response to the allegations. "What I will say is that all of us today are being held to a very high standard, and that's not a bad thing."

Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, made the comments not long after Biden released a video in response to the allegations, pledging to be more mindful of women’s personal space.

“Social norms have begun to change, they’ve shifted, and the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset, and I get it,” Biden said in the video. “I hear what they’re saying. I understand it. I’ll be much more mindful. That’s my responsibility, and I’ll meet it.”


He did not directly apologize to his accusers in the video, and maintained that his actions were innocent, stating that he acted the same with men and women.

Four women have come forward in recent days alleging that the former vice president’s public touching made them deeply uncomfortable. 

Biden, 76, is widely expected to enter the 2020 presidential race soon. 

Other Democratic White House hopefuls, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Here are top contenders to be Biden's VP Kamala Harris to young Black women at conference: 'I want you to be ambitious' MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators press Postal Service over complaints of slow delivery GOP sparks backlash after excluding election funds from COVID-19 bill Hillicon Valley: Feds warn hackers targeting critical infrastructure | Twitter exploring subscription service | Bill would give DHS cyber agency subpoena power MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Crump, attorney for George Floyd's family, endorses Harris for Biden VP pick Davis: My recommendation for vice president on Biden ticket MORE (D-Calif.), have said Biden's accusers should be believed.