McConnell on Roy Moore allegations: "I believe the women"

11/13/2017 11:30 AM

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, is calling for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down, and for another Republican to run in his place.

Moore is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl when he was a 32-year old assistant district attorney, according to a report from the the Washington Post. Moore threatened to sue the newspaper in a campaign speech Sunday night.

Moore has denied the allegations, but on Monday McConnell told reporters he “believe the women.”

Speaking to reporters at a local business, McConnell told Pure Politics Moore “should step aside.”

One option listed for Republicans is to run a write-in campaign if Moore opts to not step down.

“That’s an option we’re looking at whether or not there is someone who could mount a write in campaign successfully,” McConnell said.

Monday afternoon, Moore tweeted that it’s McConnell who should step aside. Moore saying the Kentucky Republican “has failed conservatives and must be replaced.”

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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