The other candidate in the run-off is Judge Roy Moore - a twice removed State Supreme Court Justice of Alabama and a Vietnam War veteran. He was first removed for refusing to follow a federal ruling to remove the ten commandment monument at the Alabama Supreme Court. After being removed for ethics violations solely relating to his refusal to follow the superior court's ruling, he was elected to the Court again by voters (who largely supported the monument). He was then removed from office again when he ordered the lower courts in Alabama to refuse to issue marriages to same sex couples following the US Supreme Court ruling which legalized gay marriage. Moore's campaign is centered around his social conservative bonafides - but also around labeling Strange as "establishment" and linking him to the failure to pass Obamacare repeal (though he wasn't a Senator that broke ranks) and other congressional failures.
Pundits are giving an advantage to Roy Moore - but Strange is hoping the efforts of the President and VP will tip the scale.
So guys, what think you?
In my opinion, while I'm glad I don't live in Alabama to have to choose this, I think if I were in Alabama I would vote for Strange. If you check out the debate (link, warning > 1hr long) there's no doubt Strange is the better speaker, and has a more clear understanding of most issues. Moore seemed to get frazzled or pause pretty often. But what did it for me was Moore's comment denouncing the rise of sexual perversion and sodomy (his words, not mine) in the nation. As I was listening I had a terrible flash back to Todd Akin - when a 2012 Senate election I was very much involved in went south in my home state of Missouri. Todd Akin made his off the cuff remark about "legitimate rape" and a race where we were polling ahead flipped on its head and McCaskill won by 15 points. I understand some of the hesitancy to support someone endorsed by McConnell at the moment as Obamacare repeal fails. But Strange hasn't broke ranks, and as unpolished and passionately socially conservative as Moore is, there is a very real chance he'll say something that will make the race at least closer than it needs to be in the general. I don't see anything so wrong with Strange it is worth taking the extra risk on Moore.
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