Graham rues Trump's support for Roy Moore

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Graham rues Trump's support for Roy Moore

Another woman has accused Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was 16. "Forty years is a long time", Trump said, pointing to the amount of time that has passed since the alleged behavior.

"In my opinion, and in the opinion of many Republicans and conservatives in the Senate, it is time for us to turn the page because it is not about partisan politics". Across the networks Sunday morning, Republicans echoed that call.

"It's about the character of our country", he said.

Raddatz pressed Scott on whether President Donald Trump, who has defended Moore and attacked his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones, is on the "side of wrong". He told reporters that we didn't need a "liberal Democrat" in that Senate seat and said that Moore "totally denies" the allegations that he had pursued sexual relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

"Doug Jones is continuing to focus on finding common ground and getting things done for real Alabamians", the statement said.

In subsequent days, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to engage with further questions about Moore, saying Alabama voters should choose their next senator, and Trump did not answer shouted questions about the race.

Moore has been under siege since several women accused him of sexual misconduct when they were just teenagers, one as young as 14.

Moore has denied the accusations.

On Sunday, Trump redoubled his support for Moore, ignoring the allegations of sexual harassment plaguing the politician's Alabama campaign and branding his opponent as weak on crime, the military and immigration.

Trump's defense of Moore, and his continued de facto endorsements, reportedly "blindsided" Republicans in Congress, who have denounced their party's nominee, and said Moore could be expelled from the Senate if the people of Alabama elect him. Faye served as a Gadsen police officer for 37 years and says she worked as a juvenile detective, explaining that every day her department "waited for a complaint to come in" about Roy Moore.

"He's definitely trying to throw a lifeline to Roy Moore", Sen. "If you lose, you give the Senate seat to a Democrat at a time where we need all the votes we can get".

Yet President Trump, largely silent when the allegations first emerged, has appeared to warm to Moore. "He is a distraction", Mr Thune told TV host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. But other party leaders have made a different choice.

Moore has lost almost all support within the party, but Trump appears to be sticking by his man, despite campaigning for his opponent, incumbent Senator "Big Luther" Strange, in the runoff Republican primary.

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