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 CassidyTrump allies see 's---hole' controversy as overblown GOP senator: Leaking Trump’s alleged Oval Office comments ‘undermines trust’ Dems quiz Trump HHS nominee on drug pricing 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 FrankenPawlenty opts out of Senate run in Minnesota EMILY’s List president: Franken did 'right thing for Minnesota' Dem pledges to ask all court nominees about sexual harassment history under oath 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.

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 TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti 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.