Biden hugs union leader at the start of speech and jokes 'I had permission'

Joe Biden.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday joked about being accused of inappropriate physical contact at the start of his first speech since numerous women came forward with complaints.

Biden spoke to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Friday and as he came on stage hugged the organization's president, Lonnie Stephenson. "I just want you know, I had permission to hug Lonnie," Biden told the audience. The remark prompted laughter and cheers.

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