Alabama interim Sen. Luther Strange, who has the backing of President Donald Trump in his bid for Tuesday's runoff election, denied that he's part of Washington's "swamp" establishment that the president has criticized.
"If I were part of the problem, the president wouldn't be down here campaigning so hard for me," Strange, who was appointed to the seat to replace now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "I have been in Washington less time than the president has and we have become friends, personal friends. We have the same goals, same agenda and so I think it's a narrative being created because there are other agendas out there."
Strange is campaigning against former State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore. While Trump backs Strange, conservatives such as former chief strategist Stephen Bannon and Sarah Palin are backing Moore.
The winner will face Democrat Doug Jones in the Dec. 12 special election for Sessions' former seat.
The race, Strange said Tuesday, will come down to which candidate gets his voters to the polls.
"That's why the president's support, the vice president's support, the NRA and other groups mean so much to me," he said. "We have got to get people to the polls. Seventeen percent voted in the first run off. That's terribly low. We have got to get them to the polls."
Strange said he has spent several years as a state attorney general "fighting the Obama administration," and he wants to be offense with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
"This is a turning point in our country," he said. "We can't have any more obstructionists, any more people that just want to give speeches. We need results, conservative results. That's why I want to be up there. I think that's why I have hit it off with the president so well."
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