MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Republican Roy Moore has announced he is running for U.S. Senate again in 2020 after failing to win the seat two years ago amid sexual misconduct accusations.
“Yes, I will run for the United States Senate in 2020,” Roy Moore said during a press conference Thursday.
The 2020 election was upended when multiple women came forward with decades-old allegations accusing Moore of sexual misconduct when they were teenagers and he was in his 30’s. These are allegations the failed Senate candidate continues to deny.
“These are false claims, false information,” he said. “The people of Alabama, they know of dirty politics, they’re angry, they’re tired. After Kavanaugh’s revelations came out, and after Kavanaugh survived them, they realized and they saw through what had happened to me,” Moore said.
President Trump tweeted last month about the importance of Alabama’s Senate seat and urged Moore not to enter the race. In a tweet, he said quote “Roy Moore cannot win and the consequences will be devastating.”
“I’m not going against President Trump at all. I support President Trump. I’ll vote for President Trump whether he votes for me or not, we’ll see,” he said.
Moore also spoke out against Senator Richard Shelby for comments Shelby made to the Washington Post earlier this week saying he would not support Moore if he ran. Moore believes comments Shelby made in 2017 cost him the election.
“When a Senator of the United States from the same state gets out and urges people not to vote for you in general election and now tells people that he’s worried about my candidacy electing Doug Jones again that’s hypocrisy,” he said.
The primary election is in March 2020. And if Moore wins it’s possible we’ll see a rematch between him and Jones.
Moore announced his campaign Thursday, seeking an eventual rematch against Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. The announcement upends an election viewed by Republicans as a top priority in 2020 and ignores President Donald Trump’s warning that he “cannot win.”
Moore joins a crowded GOP primary field vying to challenge Jones.
In 2017, Moore narrowly lost the special election to fill the seat that had belonged to Jeff Sessions. He faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers decades ago.
The former Alabama chief justice has a following among evangelical voters after defying federal court orders regarding same-sex marriage and the public display of the Ten Commandments.