Trump says United States 'cannot afford' Roy Moore loss in Alabama

Trump says United States 'cannot afford' Roy Moore loss in Alabama

White, evangelical conservatives make up the core of Moore's base and Alabama is full of them - President Donald Trump carried 63 percent of the state past year, and he's still popular with most GOP voters.

Friday's campaign rally was Trump's first since September, when he went to Alabama to campaign for Senator Luther Strange, who lost the Republican run-off election to Mr Moore.

The president, who has endorsed Moore in the election despite the multiple sexual misconduct allegations that have been leveled against him, said Friday night that the Republican Party can't afford to lose a vote in the Senate, where Republicans maintain a slim 2-vote majority. But Trump, who is facing his own allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment from more than a dozen women, soon made clear that he doubts Moore's accusers and that he'd rather have a Republican in the Senate than a Democrat.

The Roy Moore accuser who pointed to her signed yearbook to bolster her claim of abuse against the Republican Senate candidate acknowledged that she wrote notes underneath his signature. "She started writing things in the yearbook".

Jones volunteer Dana Ellis, a 64-year-old nurse, navigated icy sidewalks in Birmingham's Kingston neighborhood, which is overwhelmingly African-American, to ensure likely Jones supporters vote on Tuesday.

"Get out and vote for Roy Moore - do it, do it, do it", Trump urged the crowd in the middle of his near-80 minutes of mostly-prepared remarks. Do you know the yearbook?

The president is still incredibly popular in Alabama, a state he won by almost 30 points in November.

"We can not afford - this country, the future of this country, can not afford to lose a seat in the very, very close United States Senate".

"Did you see that?" I don't know what's going to happen Tuesday. She continues to maintain that Moore wrote, "To a sweeter, more handsome girl I could not say, "Merry Christmas" 1977".

"During that period of time, there were teenage girls that were dating older men", said Wright, noting that: "I had people in my high school that dated guys in their twenties".

Numerous Republicans have called on Moore to step aside in the race.

That's why it was so notable when the White House said the president wouldn't explicitly campaign for Moore. Maddalena and his wife, Alisha, rode to the Trump rally from their home near Montgomery, Alabama.

Several candidates are running write-in bids, and the secretary of state's office says such votes won't be counted unless the total number of write-in ballots exceeds the difference between the two leading candidates once other votes are tallied.

"We love Trump, because he doesn't back down from anybody", said Holt, who said a tax cut is his top priority.

"You let him sit there and pass judgment on people" as a jurist "for 40 years and don't say anything?" she asked.

However, the president's daughter-in-law Lara Trump via robocall invited some Alabama voters to the rally in Florida. If there was truth in them, he should withdraw, he said.