President Donald Trump followed up his recent endorsement of Roy Moore with a robocall and tweet urging voters to elect the Republican candidate to the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, former President Barack Obama jumped into the race, recording a message calling on Alabamians to vote for Democrat Doug Jones.
“Hi, this is Donald Trump, and I need Alabama to go vote for Roy Moore,” Trump says in the recording. “We need that seat. We need Roy voting for us.”
“I’m stopping illegal immigration and crime and rebuilding a stronger military and protecting the Second Amendment and our pro-life values,” the president continues.
“But if Alabama elects liberal Democrat Doug Jones, all of our progress will be stopped cold,” Trump states.
He goes on to describe Jones as a “puppet” of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“He will vote with the Washington Liberals every single time,” Trump contends, citing Jones’ stances on abortion, the Second Amendment, illegal immigration and tax reform.
In the recording Trump concludes, “Roy is a conservative who will help me steer this country back on trace after eight years of the Obama disaster…We need Roy to help us with the Republican Senate.”
If Jones were to win the seat, the Republican majority in the Senate would shrink to 51 – 49.
With moderate Republicans like Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Arizona’s John McCain and Jeff Flake, the Senate has already proven a significant hurdle in the president moving his agenda forward.
Trump tweeted about Moore’s candidacy on Saturday morning too, following his rally in Pensacola, Fla, the previous night where he pitched his support for Moore.
A big contingent of very enthusiastic Roy Moore fans at the rally last night. We can’t have a Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Democrat, Jones, in that important Alabama Senate seat. Need your vote to Make America Great Again! Jones will always vote against what we must do for our Country.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 9, 2017
Obama added his voice the Senate race with a call on behalf of Jones.
“This one’s serious,” Obama says in the call, CNN reported. “You can’t sit it out.”
“Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress,” Obama adds. “Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama.”
— Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg) December 11, 2017
According to CNN, Obama recorded his message after Trump stepped up his involvement in the race.
Trump carried Alabama heavily last year, approximately 63 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 35 percent, as reported by Politico.
Obama did not fare much better than Clinton losing the state to Romney, 61 to 38 percent.
Special elections historically have notoriously low turnouts, so getting out the vote will be key for both sides.
CNN reported that Obama is hoping to motivate the strongly Democratic African-American vote to the polls on Tuesday.
According to the Real Clear Politics average of recent polls, Moore holds an edge in the contest of 2.5 percent.
The number grew closer because of a Fox News poll released on Monday giving Jones a 10 percent lead in the race.
The poll may be an aberration, because nearly all the recent polling showed Moore with a solid lead over Jones, particularly following Trump’s endorsement.
Birmingham Fox News affiliate WBRC released a poll last week giving Moore a 7 point lead, 50 to 43 percent.
The same polling group used by the station predicted Moore’s win in September’s GOP primary runoff, with Moore actually outperforming the poll.
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