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White House Mum on Support for Sen. Strange Over Roy Moore in Ala.

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Roy Moore leads polls in Alabama. (AP)

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Friday, 01 September 2017 01:29 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Political wags are speculating whether the president is sticking to his initial endorsement of Alabama’s Sen. Luther Strange in his hotly contested battle for the Republican nomination on Sept. 26.

Several polls show Strange trailing former state Chief Justice Roy Moore, and the White House won’t say what position Trump takes in the race for the seat formerly held by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

When Newsmax asked on Thursday whether the president still supports Strange or has backed away from his earlier endorsement, press secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Due to the legal restrictions that I have, I cannot answer anything political from the podium [at the James Brady Briefing Room in the White House],” she told us, “So I would have to leave that to outside folks and to the president himself to answer that.”

Sanders did not elaborate on what “legal restrictions” kept her from explaining the president’s position on the Alabama contest nor did she say which “outside folks” could answer our question.

Appointed to replace Sessions after he joined the president’s Cabinet earlier this year, Strange carried this blessing from Trump in the nine-candidate primary in August :“Sen. Luther Strange has done a great job representing the people of the great state of Alabama. He has my complete and total endorsement.”

But after Moore led Strange by 39 to 33 percent in the primary, speculation began that Trump was not going to maintain his strong support of the incumbent. The Washington Post reported last week that Trump is considering pulling back from his pro-Strange position.

Moore supporters have pointed out that their man supports the president on abolishing the filibuster in the Senate, while Strange backs Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s position of maintaining the filibuster for legislation.

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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