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Roy Moore Denies Molestation Allegations Ahead of Election, Says Opponent Doug Jones 'Viciously Attacking' Him

( [email protected] ) Dec 11, 2017 11:44 AM EST
Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has continued to deny allegations he dated underage women while in his 30's and claimed his opponent Doug Jones is "viciously attacking" him because his values are "not what the Alabama people find dear to them."
Former Alabama Chief Justice and US Senate candidate Roy Moore speaks at a rally in Fairhope, Alabama. AP Photo

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore has continued to deny allegations he once dated underage women and claimed his opponent Doug Jones is "viciously attacking" him because his values are "not what the Alabama people find dear to them."

Speaking to "The Voice of Alabama Politics" on Sunday, just two days before the state's special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, now the Attorney General, Moore said allegations that he pursued relationships with teenage girls when was in his 30s are untrue. 

"I had no encounter with them," he said. "I never molested anyone, and for them to say that, I don't know why they're saying it, but it's not true."

"I said I did not know any of them women who have charged me with sexual allegation of molestation, and I did not know any of the women. When I saw these pictures on the advertisements of my opponent, I didn't recognize any of those women. I did not know them," Moore told the show's host, Bill Britt.

Moore posited that his Democratic rival was "viciously attacking" him because his values are "not what the Alabama people find dear to them" and suggested that Jones is "painting himself as a moderate when in fact he's a very liberal Democrat."

In the past, Moore has suggested the allegations are carried out by establishment Republicans, liberals, and the media.

"2 DAYS UNTIL CONSERVATIVE VICTORY!" he tweeted on Sunday. "With the media & Washington elite doing everything they can to stop us, we need all hands on deck! Please reach out to as many people as you can in these final days, so that together we can bring Conservative Victory back to Alabama!"

Despite the allegations, President Trump has voiced his public support for Moore's candidacy, both in public comments last week and on his Twitter account. He has also recorded a campaign robocall for the Judge.

Meanwhile, according to a Fox News poll released Monday, Jones has 10 percent more support (50 percent to 40 percent) than Moore among Alabama voters. While 39 percent of Alabama voters believe accusations against Moore, only 33 percent don't hold that view. Among Republicans, 13 percent believe the accusations are true, 60 percent say they aren't, and 26 percent are unsure. In November, it was 13-62 percent (26 percent unsure).

"It's clear Jones is positioned to pull off the upset because his supporters are unified and energized, and Moore's are conflicted and diffident," Daron Shaw, the Republican pollster, said in the Fox News story.

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