Roy Moore, a candidate for the U.S. Senate, has claimed that while the election process should be a fair one, more often than not it isn’t. He made his comments at the Etowah Country Republican Breakfast Saturday.
As we’ll soon see, his views certainly don’t seem to be reflected in the current results although it remains to be seen if he wins the Senate race when the election eventually concludes. There’s no doubt that Moore, over time at least, has become someone who often grabs the headlines in politics and while some of his views can be quite dividing, he continues to make a career out of it and challenge for senior positions.
Following on from the above, let’s take a further look at Moore and why he thinks the election process isn’t fair, as well as some of his other comments surrounding the political situation.
Who is Roy Moore?
There’s no doubt that Moore has something of a chequered past in politics. While he was the Alabama chief justice on two occasions, at the same time he was removed from office once, as well as being suspended during his second term. His reasoning for this rollercoaster-esque career was interesting; he acknowledges God.
In the past he has made some interesting points regarding Washington as well. He has claimed on numerous occasions that Washington don’t want him there because he frequently talks about the Constitution – something which he says they are widely against and claim is outdated. Despite the contrasting views on this, he has said that he doesn’t care how many jobs in politics he loses – his philosophy is never going to change.
Other interesting points about Moore surround his reputation. Some have labelled him difficult to manage, while others in politics have said that he has made their life miserable. His response to such comments was pretty straight – he wants to tell the truth and it’s not his problem if people oppose this.
Why does Moore make the claims about fairness in the election?
During his speech, Moore pointed to an example that he currently finds himself in. As we all know, he is running for Jeff Sessions’ Senate seat which has recently vacated to take up the position of attorney general. He is currently up against Luther Strange – and it is finances where Moore’s biggest grievances come from. Strange has $2.5m during his campaign for the time being – with this figure set to double when the race gets into full swing. This dwarfs the amount that Moore has available – seemingly putting him at a distinct disadvantage.
Of course, if one analyzes the results so far, such financial differences don’t seem to be making a difference. So far, Moore has received 39% of the vote, as opposed to 32% that Strange received.
Is this race receiving a lot of attention from Washington?
While some might view this as a relatively small event in the national political timeframe, Moore also said in his interview that his race is being watched intently by those in Washington. The reason for this is simple – those in the establishment want to see if the same voters who elected Trump, still want the sort of change that he promised and ultimately, what they originally voted for.
What are Moore’s views on the current political situation?
As well as all of the above, Moore made some interesting comments on politics in general – or specifically, how the government is acting.
Firstly, he disagreed on repealing Obamacare – claiming that replacing it just doesn’t make sound business sense. He proceeded to say that the nation is indebted and by giving the government one-fifth of the economy, it’s just going to worsen the financial situation. In backing up this claim, he went on to refer to the Veterans Administration health system.
He was also quite profound on his views on the borders. Admitting that they were completely out of control, he went on to say that an immediate solution was to draft in the U.S. military. In saying this, he did say that he wasn’t against immigration – but it had to be something that is controlled by legal boundaries.