GOP boosts pres­sure on Alabama party

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Alan Fram and Kim­berly Chan­dler

WASH­ING­TON» Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­cans tight­ened pres­sure Tues­day on Alabama’s GOP to keep a de­fi­ant Roy Moore from be­ing elected to the Se­nate next month, with many voic­ing

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hope that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump could use his clout to re­solve a prob­lem that Repub­li­cans say leaves them with no easy op­tions.

With Alabama Repub­li­cans re­luc­tant to block Moore and en­rage his le­gions of loyal con­ser­va­tive sup­port­ers, na­tional GOP lead­ers were turn­ing to Trump as their best chance of some­how turn­ing the tide. Two women by name have said Moore mo­lested them in the 1970s when one was 14 and the other 16 and he was a lo­cal district at­tor­ney, and three oth­ers said he pur­sued ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ships with them around the same time.

Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell, in all-out war with Moore, said there would be con­ver­sa­tions about the fire­brand with Trump. He said he had spo­ken about Moore to the pres­i­dent, Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and White House chief of staff John Kelly.

“He’s ob­vi­ously not fit to be in the United States Se­nate, and we’ve looked at all the op­tions to try to pre­vent that from hap­pen­ing,” said McConnell, who Mon­day said he be­lieved Moore’s ac­cusers.

Main­tain­ing his po­lit­i­cal brand as an un­re­pen­tant out­sider, Moore again de­nied abus­ing the women.

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