Santorum: Biden, Sanders are 'tone deaf' on allegations raised by women

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) on Sunday said both Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump agrees with Kim, rips Biden at Japan presser Trump 'personally thinks lots of good things will come from North Korea' Trump meets Japan's new emperor in lavish welcome ceremony MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersMillions of taxpayer dollars fueled Bernie Sanders to wealth success Robert Smith's gift to Morehouse graduates and its meaning for education, especially black colleges Democratic candidates should counter Trump's foreign policy MORE (I-Vt.) come across as "tone-deaf" on allegations raised by women.

Both Biden and Sanders are “of a different era,” Santorum told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “As much as they try to sound like they get it, they don’t, and it’s clear to those of us who have an ear for this that they don’t get it.”

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Sanders's 2016 presidential campaign faced accusations by several women who said they'd experienced sexual harassment by an aide that was not handled well by supervisors. Sanders has promised his 2020 campaign will do better.

Former Vice President Biden has been accused of making several women feel uncomfortable by touching them or entering their personal space without consent.

Sanders said last weekend, addressing accusations from former Nevada assemblywoman Lucy Flores that Biden sniffed her hair and kissed the back of her head, “I’m not sure that one incident alone disqualifies anybody." Several more women have since accused Biden of similar conduct.

Biden has not yet announced a run for president but has consistently led the field of candidates and likely candidates. While he initially promised to be more “mindful” of women’s personal space, the controversy began anew on Friday when he joked he “had permission” to hug two people at an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers conference.

Democratic strategist Symone Sanders, who served as Sanders’ press secretary during his 2016 presidential campaign, told Tapper the jokes had likely exacerbated Biden’s problems.  

“That does not make people feel as though you actually understand,” Sanders said. “I think this is going to be something he has to, unfortunately, continue to address.”