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.”

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