Sen. Luther Strange is pushing back against critics who say President Donald Trump has lost touch with his base because he is supporting the establishment favorite in Alabama's Republican runoff election.
President Trump has backed unusual, but many Trump supporters and former Trump staffers, like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, are campaigning for Moore. Luther Strange is his choice in Tuesday's runoff election.
Trump made time for his Huntsville trip Friday despite a busy week of high-pressure diplomacy in NY at the United Nations General Assembly. Now I would love to see Roy on the federal bench. "But I have to say this, and just understand this ..."
Meanwhile, the ultra-conservative Breitbart News Network, a website overseen by Bannon since he left the White House last month, has thrown its weight behind Moore. Former Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) has endorsed Moore as well, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has campaigned for the former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice. Some recent polls had shown Moore leading, though the contest was getting more competitive. The forgotten man and woman in this country, they stood up, and we beat the swamp. "We're going to do it eventually", he said. "That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for", he said, encouraging owners to act. "It's going to be God".
Recent polling in the state shows unusual trailing Moore despite the political muscle backing him.
On Dec. 12, Jones will face-off against a Republican challenger - either current, interim Sen.
The president added that if Moore wins, he will be "campaigning like hell for him".
Senate Leadership Fund has spent more than $5 million on the runoff, much of it on television.
Since then, he's won the endorsement of Rep. Mo Brooks, the third-place finisher, whose strength in his northern Alabama district makes places like Huntsville, where Trump will visit Friday and Vice President Mike Pence has planned a stop Monday, a battleground.
Most critically, the election will be a barometer of Trump's continuing popularity and influence in a state where almost two-thirds of voters supported him in 2016, one of the highest concentrations of support in the country.
"If [Luther] wins, that race is over", Trump said. And I've said all along I think either one of them will do a good job", he said. A July report on 202 former football players found evidence of a debilitating brain disease linked to repeated head blows in almost all of them. "The last thing I want to do is be involved in a primary".
Moore's campaign is counter-punching by casting him as a valiant David standing up to the Goliath of Washington's political machine.
"This race is not me against the President", Moore said. Evidently, the President is supporting odd to bolster the standing of McConnell before important Senate votes on tax reform and repealing Obamacare. "He [Trump] wants a floor leader, if you will, for his agenda". "That I can tell you", Trump said. It's also untrue, at least according to President Trump.
Trump may sound confident about passage, but Republicans still don't have the 50 votes that they need to get the legislation through the Senate.