Joe Biden told a 10-year-old she's 'good-looking' and touched her shoulders a month after vowing to respect women's space

FILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden pauses while speaking at a campaign stop in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S., May 13, 2019.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidate Biden pauses while speaking in ManchesterReuters

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden told a 10-year-old girl she's "good-looking" and placed his hands on her shoulders Tuesday night.
  • "I'll bet you're as bright as you are good-looking," Biden said to the girl at a rally in Houston, Texas, for his 2020 campaign.
  • This came roughly a month after Biden pledged to work harder to respect women's personal space due to criticism from women who said his unwanted physical contact made them uncomfortable. 
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is facing criticism after telling a 10-year-old girl she's "good-looking" and placing his hands on her shoulders roughly a month after pledging to make more of an effort to respect women's space. 

At a rally for his 2020 campaign in Houston, Texas, on Tuesday night the girl asked Biden a question about the divided state of the country, The New York Times reported. 

Biden in response touched on the nation's immigrant heritage before stating, "I'll bet you're as bright as you are good-looking."

 

The girl then told the former vice president her favorite subject is journalism and he took her to the back of the room to the press area and placed his hands on her shoulders at one point.

 

At the conclusion of the event, the girl's mother reportedly took her up to take a photo with Biden. 

Before Biden officially launched his 2020 presidential campaign he faced criticism from women who said the former vice president had made them uncomfortable with unwanted physical contact.

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Biden in early April released a video in which he pledged to be "much more mindful" of women's "personal space."

"Social norms are changing. I understand that, and I've heard what these women are saying," Biden said at the time. "Politics to me has always been about making connections, but I will be more mindful about respecting personal space in the future. That's my responsibility and I will meet it."

In light of this, Biden was criticized online for his behavior on Tuesday night toward the girl. 

Biden's campaign declined to comment when contacted by INSIDER.

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