WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Changed his position on Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama whom McConnell previously qualified as unfit to serve in public office.
"The people of Alabama are going to decide a week from Tuesday who they want to send to the Senate," McConnell said in an interview with CBS '"Face the Nation." "It really depends on them. a very strong campaign with a lot of influencing people … The president and I, of course, support someone differently at the beginning of the process, but in the end, the Alabama voters will make their choice. "
Many women have accused Moore of persecuting them when they were teenagers and he was over 30 years old. A woman told The Washington Post that she was only 14 years old when he took her home, partially undressed her and fumbled for her.
Last month, when other women filed allegations of badual misconduct against Moore, McConnell said he believed women and asked the former Alabama Supreme Court judge to "step aside" for a more qualified candidate. . The Kentucky Republican also warned that Moore would "immediately" face an investigation by the Senate Ethics Committee after taking an oath, a process that could lead to expulsion.
Moore refused to leave the country, however. Instead, he organized an aggressive campaign against women, to whom he said that they were all under the direction of the Democratic Party and the media. His campaign aides threatened to reveal damaging information about women in an attempt to discredit his accusations. The candidate, meanwhile, has maintained a low public profile with zero campaign events on his agenda
Moore's offer to weather the storm received a significant boost after President Donald Trump refused to echo the calls of the GOP to be put aside in the race. In private conversations with Republican advisors and senators, Trump "doubted the stories presented by Moore's accusers and questioned why they were emerging now," according to Politico.
"Roy Moore denies it, this is all I can say, he denies it and, by the way, denies it completely," Trump told reporters last month when asked if he believed in Moore's accusers.
In the last sign of support for Moore, the White House announced that Trump will hold a campaign-style rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Friday. The city is only 25 miles from the Alabama border and shares a television market with Mobile, Alabama, ensuring that voters there will have the opportunity to see and hear the president's comments about the Alabama Senate race if he decides to address it.
The president's daughter-in-law seemed to invite Alabamans to the event:
I just received a recorded call from Lara Trump, inviting me to an event with the president in Pensacola, Florida, who is in "my area," she says. 311 miles and almost 5 hours away. It seems he's campaigning …
– WilliamThornton (@billineastala) December 2, 2017
Moore's strategy of waiting for outrage over the allegations, one that Trump used similarly after the infamous "Hollywood Access" tape was made public a month before the 2016 presidential election – it may be working.
Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate, led several polls in Alabama after allegations against Moore surfaced. Now, however, the momentum seems to be changing in Moore's favor. According to a CBS News poll published on Sunday, Moore leads Jones, from 49 to 43 percent. In a more surprising statistic, 71 percent of Alabama Republicans polled by CBS said the accusations against Moore are false. (Another poll, published by The Washington Post on Saturday, however, found Jones a leader by 3 percentage points)