File photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the Capitol with other Senate Republicans. From left, Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and John Thune, R-S.D., also appear. All have sought to distance themselves from Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. Photo credit: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call.

Most Republican senators have been quick to distance themselves from Roy Moore since allegations emerged in the Washington Post late last week that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl when he was 32 and pursued relationships with three other teenagers. With legislators having time to review the claims, and with a new accuser coming forward on Monday, senators are putting even more space between themselves and the Alabama Senate candidate. We’re collecting a running list of public statements. Senators are falling largely in three camps: Those who want Moore to drop out now, those who think he should drop out “if the allegations are true,” and those who have remained pretty quiet. This list is incomplete and will be updated as circumstances warrant.

Elsewhere in THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Michael Warren looks at Jeff Sessions’ claim that he is not considering running for his old seat as a write-in. John McCormack is tracking the senators who would expel Moore if he wins.

Get Out—Now

Roy Blunt, Missouri

The women have a more credible story than Judge Moore,” Blunt said, in a statement released Monday by his office. “Alabama voters should have a better choice and Judge Moore should have better answers to these charges.”—in a statement.

Robert Corker, Tennessee

Susan Collins, Maine

Ted Cruz, Texas

“As it stands, I can’t urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true”—quote to a Texas Tribune reporter

Cory Gardner, Colorado (NRSC chairman)

I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.—NRSC statement

Jeff Flake, Arizona

Lindsey Graham, South Carolina

Chuck Grassley, Iowa

“He should step aside. The trouble is, if he agreed to step aside, his name is still on the ballot. People can still vote for him and he could get elected. I believe [the allegations]” Grassley said in a TV interview.

Orrin Hatch, Utah

Mike Lee, Utah

John McCain, Arizona

Mitch McConnell, Kentucky

“I think he should step aside. I believe the woman.”—News conference in Louisville, Ky.

Pat Toomey, Kansas

I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial. I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside.”—Meet the Press

Step Aside—If True

John Barrasso, Wyoming

“These charges seem very credible, they’re very disturbing. If true, he should move aside.”There’s a month between now and the election. Ultimately, the people of Alabama are going to have to make that decision.”—interview with CNBC

John Cornyn, Texas

[T]he accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and, if true, disqualifying.—statement

Joni Ernst, Iowa

If the allegations are true, he needs to step aside. [The accusers] have a compelling quote.—in response to a reporter’s questions.

Rob Portman, Ohio

“very troubling. I think if what we read is true, and people are on the record so I assume it is, then he should step aside. I think it’d be best for him, best for the state.”—in a statement

Ben Sasse, Nebraska

The Post’s story is appalling and heartbreaking,” Sasse said in a statement. “If there’s an ounce of truth to any of this, Roy Moore has no place in public life and ought to drop out immediately. Alabamians should start thinking about who they’ll write in but it’s obvious that conservatives deserve better than this.”—in a statement

Tim Scott, South Carolina

Well, certainly, the allegations are very, very strong. The denial was not as strong as the allegations. I think, if the allegations are true, there’s no doubt that he should step aside, and not for the party, but for the American people. We have to find a way to restore trust and confidence in our elected officials, in our government. And this goes in the wrong direction.—on Face the Nation

John Thune, South Dakota

“The allegations, if true, to me, mean he may need to step aside. I think if he does what he should do, and does the right thing and steps aside, I don’t think it will hurt the Republican Party.”—quote to a reporter.

Awfully Quiet

Rand Paul, Kentucky

Tom Cotton, Arkansas

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