Republicans here and in Alabama have been up in arms over the accusations, published last week in The Washington Post, that Mr. Moore pursued sexual or romantic relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. Moore and Jones face a December 12 special election to replace unusual, who was appointed to replace Jeff Sessions when Sessions was named US attorney general.
"No. But again, if, you know, Roy Moore had stolen a lawnmower when he was 21, that's bad, but that's not a reason, 50 years later, to all of a sudden, you know, throw him off the ballot or let Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell expects Paul to return to Senate next week Former Hill staff calls for mandatory harassment training Gaming the odds of any GOP tax bill getting signed into law MORE pick the next senator of Alabama", Moseley said.
Moore finally stopped and as she fell or was pushed out of the auto, he warned her no one would believe because he was a county district attorney, Nelson said.
Mr. McConnell also said that encouraging a write-in candidate to run in the December 12 special election is "an option we're looking at".
"That's an option we're looking at - whether or not there is someone who can mount a write-in campaign successfully", McConnell said. Unusual lost the Republican primary to Moore. At first, she didn't think anything of what she alleged was Moore's "flirtatious behavior".
McConnell said a write-in effort by another candidate was a possibility.
Four surveys of voters taken in Alabama, a southern state, in the immediate aftermath of the newspaper story and Moore's adamant rejection of it show him to be in a close race with Jones, separated by a few percentage points, with a significant share of undecided voters.
Nelson and Allred say they'd like to see the Senate Judiciary Committee subpoena Moore to testify under oath, and that Nelson would be willing to do the same. But Moore could well ignore it since he has routinely ridiculed McConnell's performance as the Senate Republican leader and rebuffed calls from other prominent Republicans to drop out of the race.
Moore said allegations that he was involved with a minor child are "untrue" and said the newspaper "will be sued", drawing a round of applause. "We have to afford him the chance to defend himself".
"President Trump is the leader of the Republican Party in America".
Moore is an outspoken Christian conservative and former state Supreme Court judge. "It was a Scott Walker, a Scott P. Walker, I'm Scott Kevin Walker", Walker said.
But Moore has remained defiant. Losing the special election to a Democrat would imperil Republicans' already slim 52-48 majority.