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

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly 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 BidenTrump says he'll leave White House if Biden declared winner of Electoral College The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays 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 WarrenThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Disney laying off 32,000 workers as coronavirus batters theme parks Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year MORE (D-Mass.), Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThe Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation Biden can rebuild trust in our justice system by prioritizing prosecutorial reform Harris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence MORE (D-Calif.), have said Biden's accusers should be believed.