Franken, a Democrat, said he feels terrible because "he made some women feel bad."
"I have met tens of thousands of people and taken thousands of photographs, often in crowded and chaotic situations," the statement said. "I'm a warm person, I hugged people, I've learned from recent stories that in some of those encounters, I crossed a line for some women, and I know that any number is too much."
women have found my greetings or hugs for an inappropriate hug or picture, and I respect their feelings about it, "Franken said in the statement," In the last few days I've thought a lot about how that could happen, and I recognize that I have to be much more careful and sensitive in these situations. "
" I feel terribly that I have made some women feel bad and that's why I'm so sorry, and I want to make sure that never happens again, "the statement said. "And let me tell the Minnesotans again that I'm sorry for having outgrown them and I'm committed to regaining their trust."