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Sen. Tim Scott: Moore Should 'Find Something Else to Do'

(Fox News' "Fox News Sunday")

By    |   Sunday, 19 November 2017 10:52 AM

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., reiterated his call for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside in the Dec. 12 special election "over the necessity of respecting women," because "the allegations are stronger than the denial" and Judge Moore "should find something else to do."

"What I have said in the past — I want to be very clear — is the allegations are stronger than the denial, and that Roy Moore should find something else to do, which is my way of suggesting that he should not be in the race," Sen. Scott told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.

"I think that there’s a strong possibility with a new candidate, a new Republican candidate, a proven conservative, that we can win that race in Alabama — and it is in the best interests in the country as well as Alabama, from my perspective, for Roy Moore to find something else to do."

Judge Moore has unilaterally denied the allegations of sexual misconduct against underage girls around 40 years ago when he was in his early 30s, but Sen. Scott has dismissed the suggestion the allegations as a "political hack job."

"This controversy is over the necessity of respecting women, period," Sen. Scott told Wallace.

Scott added the issue of sexual mistreatment of women is larger than one Senate seat or even Congress, so stepping out of a race due to allegations is warranted, he said.

"Our response to sexual harassment should be as aggressive as possible," Scott told Wallace. "The reality of it is, when you look at those conservative lawmakers in the Senate who have withdrawn their support of Judge Moore that should send a clear signal this has nothing to do with establishment Republicans or politics.

"This has to do with the character we want displayed in the United States of America, and especially in our leadership realm."

While the allegations should cost Moore in the race, Scott supported a call for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate the allegations against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., too, calling it "absolutely the right starting point."

"All sexual harassment is inexcusable, and everyone should be punished at the same level," Sen. Scott said.

Such a statement might put President Donald Trump's White House tenure in precarious position, considering the number of women who alleged sexual misconduct against him in the waning days of his campaign in October 2016.

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., reiterated his call for Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to step aside in the Dec. 12 special election "over the necessity of respecting women," because "the allegations are stronger than the denial" and Judge Moore "should find something else...
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