“They are putting out the bat signal and trying to solicit as many personal testimonials as possible … trying to encourage people to share their own stories,” said a Democrat with knowledge of the team’s strategy.

That approach was a recognition of the need to stanch the bleeding, but also of a belief that rival campaigns were behind the first salvo fired at Biden on Friday by Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman and 2014 lieutenant governor candidate who described Biden’s unwanted advances. Flores said Democrats needed to have a discussion about his behavior, especially in light of the #MeToo era of politics.

Flores’ account surfaced just as Biden’s consultants began making concrete job offers to potential staffers in early states, according to a Democratic operative who discussed working for Biden.

“They think this is part of a concerted effort to spook him out,” the operative said.