Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore could hurt other Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections if he wins the nomination over Luther Strange, CNN commentator Matt Lewis said on “CNN Newsroom” Monday.
“There’s a danger that Roy Moore, yeah he can win in Alabama but could there be a Todd Akin effect? Where Roy Moore says something crazy on the campaign trail — he’s already said some controversial things in the past. But if he says something crazy, that can be used against Republicans in other states that are not Alabama,” Lewis said.
Todd Akin ran for the Senate in 2012 and made comments about “legitimate rape” that sunk his candidacy and dragged down other GOP Senatorial candidates. Lewis thinks Trump is willing to take that risk to gain another ally in the Senate, who will blindly follow his agenda.
“Frankly, Donald Trump wants to put some points on the board. He wants to pass his agenda … and when Donald Trump calls Luther Strange on the phone and says I need something, Luther Strange says: Whatever it is i’ll do it. Roy Moore probably may not be that way,” he said. “Roy Moore might say no, I’m not going to vote for that. I’m not going to vote for this health care plan if it doesn’t defend planned parenthood.”
“If you’re a Republican, if you’re Mitch McConnell or Donald Trump I think there’s a lot of reasons to root for Luther Strange here,” Lewis concluded.
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