Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Alabama, took aim at his Republican rival Roy Moore on Dec. 5.
"I damn sure believe and have done my part to ensure that men who hurt little girls should go to jail and not the United States Senate," Jones said, according to The Hill.
Moore has come under pressure following reports alleging that he made sexual advances on teenagers when he was in his 30s.
Jones' remarks were also a reference to his role as a U.S. attorney. He was involved in the successful 2001 and 2002 convictions of two Ku Klux Klan members who set off a bomb that claimed the lives of four young girls in 1963, according to AL.com and The Washington Post.
President Donald Trump gave Moore his endorsement during a phone call Dec. 4 from Air Force One. He reportedly told Moore to "go get 'em," according to CNN.
Trump also tweeted in support of Moore on Dec. 4: "Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama. We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!"
The Republican National Committee provided new funding to Moore's campaign Dec. 4 and Trump's former political adviser Stephen Bannon spoke at a rally for Moore Dec. 5.
However, some Republicans refuse to back Moore due to the allegations against him. The National Republican Senatorial Committee does not intend to restart funding the Moore campaign. It withdrew its financial backing in November after the sexual misconduct allegations became public.
The Senate Leadership Fund, a campaign body associated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, took the same stance.
"We are following the NRSC's lead in Alabama," a spokesman for the Senate Leadership Fund told the Los Angeles Times.
On Nov. 13, McConnell said he thought Moore should "step aside" when asked if the candidate should drop out of the Alabama race, according to NBC News.
However, McConnell took a different tack a few weeks later: "I think we're going to let the people of Alabama decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate, and then we'll address the matter appropriately," McConnell stated Dec. 3, according to CNN.
Outside of the Senate, the GOP's 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, remains critical of Moore.
"Roy Moore in the US Senate would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation," Romney wrote on Twitter. "Leigh Corfman and other victims are courageous heroes. No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity."
Polls suggest the Dec. 12 race will be close. The Hill reported that Moore has a narrow lead over Jones.
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