“Lucy Flores felt demeaned and that’s never OK. And if Vice President Biden decides to run for president this is something he’s going to have to address directly with the American people,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Monday evening outside the Senate chamber…

After a long pause, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) said of Biden: “There’s a failure to understand how one’s actions impact others.”

“I was surprised by the allegation. It is clear that Lucy Flores felt it was inappropriate. It took courage for her to come forward and share her story, and I am glad she did,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). “All of us, including the vice president, need to continue to work on changing our culture.”

“The focus isn’t on what his intentions were, it is how his behavior is experienced and one should not invade personal space. He needs to be a lot more aware of that,” said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii). “I would say with Trump it’s many, many degrees of worseness if there is such a word.”