Flake: GOP Has Enough Problems ‘Without Being The Party Of Roy Moore’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said Monday evening that he thinks the Republican party has enough problem to deal tackle without becoming “the party of Roy Moore.”

The outgoing Arizona senator told reporters Monday that Republicans are going to have a tough enough time in coming years without being the party that welcomes Republican Alabama Senate candidate Moore into the chamber.

Flake’s statement is in response to President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Moore.

The president endorsed Moore aboard Air Force One Monday morning, after weeks of shying away from throwing his weight behind Moore’s candidacy in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations against the candidate.

The president tweeted out his support Monday, saying that the party needs Moore in the Senate to help push his agenda.

“Democrats refusal to give even one vote for massive Tax Cuts is why we need Republican Roy Moore to win in Alabama,” Trump tweeted. “We need his vote on stopping crime, illegal immigration, Border Wall, Military, Pro Life, V.A., Judges 2nd Amendment and more. No to Jones, a Pelosi/Schumer Puppet!”

RealClearPolitics polling average has Moore up 2.6 percentage points over Democratic candidate Doug Jones. Alabama voters will head to the ballot box Dec. 12 to choose their replacement for current GOP Sen. Luther Strange — the man who replaced Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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