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Conway Urges Alabama Voters: 'Don't Be Fooled' by Doug Jones

Conway Urges Alabama Voters: 'Don't Be Fooled' by Doug Jones
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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 10:31 AM

White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway Monday stopped just short of a full endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, instead attacking his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones and saying he wouldn't be a vote for tax reform measures sought by the president.

"Doug Jones in Alabama, folks, don't be fooled," Conway told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "He will be a vote against tax cuts. He is weak on crime, weak on borders. He is strong on raising your taxes. He is terrible for property owners."

"So, vote Roy Moore," show co-host Brian Kilmeade interjected, and Conway accused the media of "trying to boost" Jones.

"So vote Roy Moore?" Kilmeade asked, posing his comment as a question.

"I'm telling you that we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through," Conway said. "If the media were really concerned about all of these allegations and if that's what this is truly about, [Sen.] Al Franken would be on the ash heap of bygone, half-funny comedians.

"He wouldn't be here on Capitol Hill. He still has his job. What's Bob Menendez doing back here? That's the best New Jersey can do huh, ["Fox & Friends" co-host Steve] Doocy? You live there. A liberal."

Kilmeade pointed out that the Republican National Committee has withdrawn its support of Moore, after several women accused him of approaching them sexually when they were teenagers. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell does not support Moore, and many women and young Republicans have pulled their support.

"You know what?" Conway said. "I just want everybody to know Doug Jones, nobody ever says his name and pretends he is some kind of conservative Democrat in Alabama — he's not."

President Donald Trump has no plans to travel to Alabama to campaign on behalf of Moore, however, Conway said, as he is traveling around the country to push for tax cuts and other issues.

Conway's comments come after two other key Trump aides, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Legislative Director Mark Short said on Sunday that they don't think Trump will campaign for Moore.

"He doesn't know who to believe. I think a lot of folks don't," Mulvaney said.

Short also commented that if Trump did not believe the women's accusations against Trump were credible, he'd be campaigning for Moore.

There are several Republican senators already in office who say they have concerns about the tax bill, including Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee; Jeff Flake of Arizona; Ron Johnson of Wisconsin; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Susan Collins of Maine; and John McCain of Arizona.

Collins has been suggesting ways she thinks the bill can be improved, said Conway, and she thinks that preferable to a senator who just refuses to consider it.

"That's why the president himself went over to Congress last week," she said. "That's why my colleagues and I are there nonstop, bringing the case to the American people."

The Trump administration feels confident about the tax reform bill passing, she also said, but it's up to legislators who have been promising tax cuts to follow through.

"This one feels like everybody is oriented in the same direction," said Conway. "The president has said from day one he wants tax cuts to be bipartisan. That's a question for the Democrats. Surely there are business owners and moms and pops in every state in this country who feel they deserve a tax cut."

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