House speaker joins GOP chorus calling for Moore to quit

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 12:26:15 AM. Roy Moore, a former state Supreme Court judge and outspoken Christian conservative, has dug in, rejecting all calls in Washington for him to quit.
WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Washington Republicans calling upon Roy Moore to drop out of his embattled race for the U.S. Senate in the wake of allegations by a second woman that the conservative Alabaman groped her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s. “These allegations are credible,” Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters on Tuesday. “If he cares about the values and people he claims to care about then he should step aside.” Moore is showing no sign of quitting, even as his chances to win the open Senate seat appear to be in peril. “I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false,” Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made. “I never did what she said I did. I don’t even know the woman.” The former state Supreme Court judge and outspoken Christian conservative has dug in, rejecting all calls in Washington from GOP senators for him to quit. Senate Republicans face limited options in trying to force out Moore whose name remains on the ballot for the Dec. 12 special election against Democrat Doug Jones. A defiant Moore spoke after a tearful Beverly Young Nelson, now 56, detailed new allegations to reporters in an emotional appearance in New York. One night when she was 16, Moore offered to drive her home from her after-school job at a restaurant in Gadsden, Alabama, she said. Moore, a regular customer, instead parked behind the restaurant and locked the...Read more
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