GOP senator on Franken and Moore: There’s a difference between a 14-year-old and an adult

GOP senator on Franken and Moore: There’s a difference between a 14-year-old and an adult
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Sen. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyDems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms GOP sen says Trump, Canada spat is like ‘a fight with your spouse’ HSAs expansion is a key to health care freedom MORE (R-La.) on Thursday said it’s up to the people of Alabama and Minnesota to decide the fates of GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore and Sen. Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenBill Clinton says 'norms have changed' in society for what 'you can do to somebody against their will' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump: `A very great moment in the history of the world’ Trump to hold campaign rally in Minnesota next week MORE (D-Minn.), respectively, but noted there’s a difference in what each has been accused of.

“Again, it’s up to the people of Minnesota to decide, but if Al Franken has been involved in this kind of activity as a senator, that’s problematic,” Cassidy said on "The Brian Kilmeade Show.” 

“On the other hand, there is a difference between a 14-year-old girl and an adult female, I will say that,” Cassidy added.

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Franken has been facing accusations of sexual misconduct since mid-November, when radio host Leeann Tweeden said he kissed and groped her without her consent during a 2006 USO tour.

Since then, multiple women have come forward to say Franken inappropriately touched them during photo ops and at other events.

A wave of Democratic senators on Wednesday called for Franken to resign. He is scheduled to make an announcement on Thursday.

Moore, meanwhile, is facing allegations about his conduct decades ago, including an accusation by one woman who said Moore touched her sexually when she was 14, and another who said Moore sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Other women have said Moore made advances on them when they were teenagers. Moore was in his 30s at the time of the alleged incidents.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-ethics chief calls on Trump to end 'monstrous' migrant policies Laura Bush blasts Trump migrant policy as 'cruel' and 'immoral' US denies report of coalition airstrike on Syria MORE gave Moore a full endorsement on Monday.

Several Republican lawmakers, including Cassidy, retracted their endorsement of Moore or called on him to drop out of the race. Cassidy said his decision to retract his endorsement "still stands," adding he couldn't comment on Trump's endorsement.

"Now it's up to the people of Alabama to decide, but on a personal level I just decided I don't want to be there," he said.