Roy Moore fires back at Luther Strange, calls for 'mano a mano' debate

Wednesday, 13 September 2017, 07:46:35 AM. 'I find it hypocritical that Luther Strange is now suggesting that I am the one who is ducking debates.'
Roy Moore explained in a statement late Tuesday afternoon why he withdrew from a long-scheduled forum with U.S. Sen. Luther Strange at Samford University. The forum's sponsor, Alabama Policy Institute, has ties to the Senate Leadership Fund that has spent millions in attack ads against Moore and, previously, U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks during the Republican primary. The runoff between Moore and Strange is Sept. 26. Moore also called for a debate with Strange "mano a mano" without the constraints of a moderator. A definition of the Spanish phrase: "An intense fight or contest between two adversaries." Caleb Crosby, the president and CEO of API, is also listed as the treasurer for the Senate Leadership Fund, according to information provided to the Federal Election Commission. The SLF has aired waves of radio, TV and digital attack ads against Brooks and Moore to boost the candidacy of Strange. The SLF is influenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Samford forum was scheduled for Sept. 21 and its cancellation was reported earlier Tuesday by AL.com. Cameron Smith, an AL.com columnist, was scheduled to be the forum's moderator. In the statement, Moore said "it was not disclosed to me or my campaign" about Crosby's ties to the SLF. "The Senate Leadership Fund is responsible for millions of dollars' worth of malicious and false ads designed to stain my character and reputation," Moore's statement said. "I have asked my opponent repeatedly to denounce these ads against me, my...Read more
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