Trump has no plans to campaign for Moore in Alabama

Trump has no plans to campaign for Moore in Alabama

The allegations, including claims that the 70-year-old Moore sexually assaulted or molested two teenage girls while he was in his 30s, have made the December 12 election a referendum on "the character of the country" that transcends partisan politics, said GOP Senator Tim Scott of SC, as the party establishment cringed at Trump's latest intervention in the closely contested race.

President Donald Trump will not campaign for Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore before the state's December 12 election, a White House official told The Associated Press on Monday.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump return to the White House Sunday after a spending five days in Florida.

White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The Hill that "there is nothing on [Trump's] schedule at this time" as far as campaign stops for Moore.

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Alabamians will vote December 12 in a special election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

A number of top Republican senators have called on 70-year-old Mr Moore to step aside following claims he molested or harassed teenage girls as young as 14 while he was in his 30s. Most Alabama party leaders back Moore, including Gov. Kay Ivey, who has said she won't move the special election date.

Jones, a former federal prosecutor, said he would be an independent voice in the U.S. Senate, similarly to his political mentor, the late U.S. Sen. Kelly is now White House chief of staff. "I am very strong on the issues that the people of Alabama care for". "I think that gives you an opportunity to run straight up the middle".

In a Real Clear Politics poll from November 9-20, Jones led Moore by less than 1 percentage point.

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