Politics The Latest: Moore uses sex claims to raise money

01:51  13 november  2017
01:51  13 november  2017 Source:   Associated Press

Cornyn withdraws Moore endorsement

  Cornyn withdraws Moore endorsement "The accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and, if true, disqualifying," he added."The most appropriate course of action, in my view, is to leave the final judgment in the hands of Alabama voters - where it has always belonged - and withdraw my endorsement," Cornyn said in a statement on Monday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore , Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore , Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © The Associated Press Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on the debate over Roy Moore, Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate, who faces allegations that he initiated sexual contact with a 14-year old girl decades ago. (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Alabama Republican Roy Moore is trying to raise money for his U.S. Senate race on allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his early 30s.

Moore wrote in his fundraising pitch that "the vicious and sleazy attacks against me are growing more vicious by the minute." He told supporters that he's counting on them to stand with him by "chipping in a donation,"

Moore will face Democrat Doug Jones in a special election on Dec. 12

The Washington Post reported last week that the 70-year-old Moore had relationships with teenage girls, including a 14-year-old, while he was in his early 30s. Moore has vehemently denied the allegations in the Post story.

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1:25 p.m.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey says Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore should drop out of the race following allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago.

Speaking on NBC, Toomey says because the "accusations have more credibility than the denial, I think it would be best if Roy would just step aside." The Pennsylvania senator says Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange, should be considered as a write-in candidate to run against him.

The Washington Post reported last week that the 70-year-old Moore had relationships with teenage girls while he was in his early 30s. Moore has vehemently denied the allegations.

Toomey didn't rule out the possibility that Senate Republicans might work to unseat Moore if he wins the special election against Democrat Doug Jones on Dec. 12.

Ex-RNC chair: Trump's comments on Roy Moore 'beyond stupid' .
A former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Wednesday that President Trump's comments dismissing GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's accusers were "beyond stupid" and that he doesn't care about his own party.""This is beyond stupid. And there's irreparable harm that's being done to this party and to this country. someone needs to take control here and it's certainly not the president," Michael Steele told MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

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