Multiple women have come forward with allegations that Moore pursued them when they were 18 or younger while he was serving as an assistant district attorney in the state. "Like most Americans the president believes we can not allow a mere allegation, in this case one from many years ago, to destroy a person's life".
But Sanders said: "The president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside". "I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl".
Moore has called the allegations "fake news".
In a Washington Post story, Leigh Corfman, now 53, said that when she was 14 and Moore 32, they dated for a time, and while they were alone in his home, he stripped her to her undergarments, touched her over her bra and panties, and guided his hand to touch his genitals through his underwear.More news: Twins' Buxton, Dozier win Gold Gloves
Eighty-two percent of the 515 likely voters responding to the poll said they had "read, seen, or heard ... news stories in the past 24 hours regarding Senate candidate Roy Moore, which allege that Moore engaged in a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl in 1979, when he was 32 years old".
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the allegations. He's not going to like Roy Moore because Shelby was a Democrat for a long time.
Moore has said he plans to continue his campaign and there has been no signal from the state Republican Party that they are seriously considering seeking to disqualify him from the December 12 general election ballot. In this scenario Jones holds a 43.6-41.3 lead over Moore with Big Luther weighing in at 12.3 percent. To Romney, the allegations are bad enough.
"If you're gonna step aside when you get a allegation you might as well not run because when you run you're gonna get an allegation", Moore declared. Write-in candidates are also allowed under state law.More news: Trump administration ends immigration program protecting Central Americans from deportation
After the Washington Post's report was published, Moore tweeted he would "NEVER GIVE UP" and vowed "to stand up and fight back against the forces of evil waging an all-out war" on his campaign. Nevertheless, he said Democrats would seize on the scandal to boost fund-raising. Luther Strange, R-Alabama, pitting him against Trump, who threw his own support behind Strange.
The race exposed rifts between the Republican Party's conservative base and its Washington-based establishment.
"There's a very unusual propensity of sexual allegations to suddenly become politically useful in the run-up to an election, or when someone stands up for the principles of the republic, like Clarence Thomas, and needs to be taken down", said Sebastian Gorka, a former White House adviser who became a Fox News contributor this week. In the past, Moore has said that "homosexual conduct" should be illegal and has compared such acts to bestiality.
He first became a national figure in the early 2000s, when he lost his position as Alabama chief justice after refusing a court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside the courthouse. He was subsequently elected again to the bench but later suspended after ordering state judges to defy the Supreme Court's 2015 decision that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.More news: Disney plots Star Wars series for 'Netflix killer'
None of the other women said that Moore forced them into any sort of relationship or sexual contact.
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