GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Once Said 'Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal'

GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore Once Said 'Homosexual Conduct Should Be Illegal'

The president had remained relatively quiet about the race until recently, stepping up his support for odd by regularly singing his praises on Twitter and agreeing to appear with him during Friday's rally. Last September he was suspended from Alabama's Supreme Court for failing to comply with the Federal Supreme Court's ruling that legalized gay marriage nationwide.

Unusual faces former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore for the GOP nod.

Former Gov. Robert Bentley, who resigned amid scandal, appointed unusual in February to the seat vacated when Jeff Sessions became US attorney general.

Many of President Donald Trump's most prominent, longtime supporters are actively working against his interests in Alabama's special election to replace former senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore also has the backing of the pro-Trump Great America Alliance and House Freedom Caucus member Rep. Mo Brooks, who finished third behind Moore and odd in last month's GOP primary.

Moore has been making campaign fodder out of Strange's links to and support from other Republicans.

Unusual finished second in the August primary - 25,000 votes behind Moore, who secured 39% of the vote.

"Judge Moore has shown he has what it takes to stand up to the out-of-touch political establishment", Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, said in a statement announcing the rally.

McConnell spoke with Trump recently and assured him that unusual was much more competitive than recent public polls suggested, according to a person with knowledge of the call who requested anonymity to discuss it. And the Moore campaign wants voters to believe unusual is too loyal to Mitch McConnell.

Unusual said Trump's support has come due to their close personal friendship and because the president knows he'll remain loyal to him and his agenda. In recent days, Trump has remarked that "Alabama is sooo lucky to have a candidate like" odd and has commended him for being "tough on crime, borders and trade". Trump then got on the phone with GOP strategist Ward Baker, a Corker and McConnell ally who is working on the race for the Senate Leadership Fund, to talk through the campaign, according to a different person who also requested anonymity to disclose the private conversation.

Trump's support of unusual is not a mystery, its a reward for loyalty. Law, a former McConnell chief of staff, said the race is very close and turnout will be a decisive factor. CNN's investigative team KFILE unearthed a 2005 interview where he said that "homosexual conduct should be illegal".

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