White House backs Roy Moore in all but name

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After nearly two weeks of ducking questions on whether he still backs Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, President Trump made it clear Tuesday that he stood by his endorsement. Al Franken's allegations of sexual misconduct. "And by the way, he totally denies it", Trump said when asked if he believes Moore or the nine women that have accused Moore of inappropriate sexual actions, many of them when they were teens.

Ms Corfman originally told the Washington Post how she was approached by Mr Moore outside a courthouse in Etowah County in 1979.

Moore has denied all allegations against him.

Underscoring the potential political fallout, Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, an outspoken critic of the president, was overheard on a microphone telling a Republican mayor on Saturday: "If we become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast".

Ivanka Trump's remarks last week to the Associated Press - "There's a special place in hell for people who prey on children" and "I have no reason to doubt the victims' accounts" - seemed especially barbed. The Republican National Committee also ended its joint fundraising agreement with Moore.

The Moore campaign lashed out at the news media, Democrats and the GOP establishment in a press conference on Tuesday. "It never happened", Moore said.

If Republicans lose the Senate seat, it could deprive them of a key vote leaders need to pass a tax overhaul and other key agenda items.

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Collins said: "I was concerned about his performance as a member of the Alabama supreme court when he had been removed twice for failing to follow lawful order and also because of his comments on Muslims and LGBT individuals".

It's a departure from just two weeks ago, when the White House sought to distance itself from Moore and even suggested he might need to step down.

Scott said that it would be "in the best interest of the country, as well as the state of Alabama", for Moore to step aside, something the candidate's wife said at a rally on Friday that her husband would not do.

Jones has mostly refrained from talking in detail on the campaign about the allegations by women that Moore made unwanted advances when they were teenagers and Moore was in his 30s, including one who said he touched her sexually when she was 14.

And Trump defended Moore, who like Trump has faced accusations of sexual harassment and assault from numerous women. @aldotcom and the state's 3 largest newspapers call on voters to unite for decency, support Democrat Doug Jones for U.S. Senate.

The editorial said the looming special election on 12 December - held to fill the vacancy in the Senate left by U.S. attorney general Jeff Sessions - was a chance for women to "make their voices heard in a state that has silenced them for too long".

- This story was updated at 4:30 p.m.