Alabama's Roy Moore launches 2020 Senate bid despite Republican Party opposition


When asked what he would do differently during this campaign, Moore said that he "would like to make more personal contact with people".

"I will run for the U.S. Senate in 2020", Moore said at his launch in Montgomery.

Actually, I think that if Moore is the Republican nominee, he will win this time. I don't know what he's thinking. Doug Jones amid allegations of past sexual misconduct with teenagers.

"Why's there such a fear?" Is it because I believe in God and marriage ... and the right of a baby in the womb to have a life? Despite video surfacing of Moore saying at a speech shortly before the primary that "we have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, Democrats and Republicans fighting, men and women fighting", Moore defeated odd, who had been endorsed by President Trump.

Moore brushed aside that criticism Thursday, arguing he could indeed win.

Moore also sought to link the slew of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him during his campaign to the unsubstantiated allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which ultimately ended in several of the accusers being referred for criminal misconduct for allegedly lying about their stories.

In the 2017 general election, Trump stood by Moore even after the allegations surfaced.

The Senate Leadership Fund, which is allied with GOP leadership, said in a statement that another nomination of Moore would be an electoral disaster.

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That include competition vying for the same conservative religious voters who comprise the heart of Moore's support and a less divided GOP, which in 2017 saw former Trump adviser Stephen Bannon helping insurgents like Moore.

He says the GOP primary will boil down to "either an extremist like Moore or it'll be an extremist who will be hand-picked by Mitch McConnell", the Senate majority leader who's opposed Moore in the past.

Alabama is a deep-red state that reliably goes for the Republican presidential candidate, making Moore's loss in 2017 that much more depressing.

Jones, a former prosecutor, is the only Senate Democrat on the 2020 ballot that is now seen as strong pickup opportunity for Republicans.

That may be. But some die-hard Republicans aren't happy with Moore running again after questions about his relationships with young girls decades ago translated into a narrow 2017 victory for longshot Democrat Doug Jones. Two accused him of assault or molestation.

Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and state legislator Arnold Mooney have already announced GOP primary bids. After President Donald Trump brought congressional leaders from both parties to the Situation Room, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters, "We told the room that the Democratic position is that congressional approval must be required before funding any conflict in Iran".

The Republican primary will be on March 3.

But he still enjoys a base of support in the deeply Republican state, particularly among evangelical voters. He was twice elected as the state's chief justice but was twice stripped of those duties after a judicial ethics panel said he defied, or urged defiance of, federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.