Moore, Strange face off in debate

Moore, Strange face off in debate

Trump, who won the state by a almost 28 percent margin in the 2016 presidential election, has endorsed Luther Strange, the incumbent temporarily appointed to fill the seat.

Palin - one of Moore's more vocal backers - announced that she will rally for Moore with Trump's former deputy assistant, Sebastian Gorka, in Montgomery, Alabama. "He loves Alabama, and so do I!"

"A vote for Judge Moore isn't a vote against the president". Maybe even more so: Moore has his socially conservative hobbyhorses, after all, which Trump doesn't share, and Moore seems willing to obstruct Senate business for his own ends even when Trump might not approve.

In the Alabama Senate fight, Great America PAC has not mentioned its split with Trump, instead touting Moore to the president's supporters.

The evening contained at least three prayers, including one led by a state Supreme Court associate justice who thanked God for highlighting Moore's "strength of character and principal and dedication" during the debate while exposing his rival as "a man who was trying to grab ahold of the coattails of the president or the USA attorney general".

Trump's support and Strange's incumbency make it hard to believe he's going down by double digits but Moore has led every independent runoff poll comfortably.

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is also throwing in his support of Moore, but he insists that this is in no way an attack against the president. "It is a vote for the people's agenda that elected the president", Palin told several hundred cheering supporters. Odd took the opportunity to repeatedly highlight Trump's endorsement, Friday's rally and his support for the president's agenda.

During a debate on Thursday night, unusual said he has developed a "close personal friendship" with the president, and he mentioned Trump's endorsement again and again and again.

Louie Gohmert, a Republican backed by the Tea Party movement, suggested that the president was misled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, whom the crowd repeatedly booed.

Moore, widely known across Alabama, finished first in an August primary with 39% of the vote - 25,000 votes ahead of odd.

"Many of the people who are supporting you look like the unemployment line at the White House", he said.

The ad plastered on the side of a pro-Moore tour bus paid for by a group called the Great American Alliance promotes a website based on the phrase, "Alabama deserves Moore". The victor will go on to face Democrat Doug Jones, a civil rights lawyer who led the prosecution in the wake of the 1963 Birmingham church bombing, in the special election. But he added: "What does a change candidate breed?"

A win by Moore in Alabama could embolden other insurgent candidates to challenge Republican incumbents in next year's congressional elections. "They know it is going to affect the future of elections of other senators in 2018 in other states".