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Doug Jones: Victory Came When People Realized 'Elections Have Consequences'

Doug Jones: Victory Came When People Realized 'Elections Have Consequences'
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By    |   Thursday, 04 January 2018 08:34 AM

Sen. Doug Jones, who took office on Wednesday following a hard-fought victory over GOP challenger Roy Moore in a race that gathered widespread national attention, said Wednesday he thinks his win came because people are realizing that "elections have consequences."

"Quite frankly, we had also seen some enthusiasm after the November elections," the Alabama Democrat told MSNBC'S "Morning Joe" program. 

"We saw some enthusiasm and generated a lot of incredible energy out there of people wanting change. People realizing elections have consequences. And I think a part of that has to be also putting country above party and making sure that people voted on issues."

Jones said his campaign focused on "kitchen table issues" and people responded, even though they didn't agree with everything.

"People wanted to talk about the issues that mean most to them every day," said Jones. "That was a large part of why we were successful."

Jones pulled out a narrow win over Moore, after the GOP candidate was accused by several women of being sexually inappropriate with them while they were teenagers. Moore has continued to deny the charges, and filed an unsuccessful claim of voter fraud. Further, as of last week, Moore has not conceded the election, even after Jones' win was certified. 

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Jones said he made a promise to work for his constituents, and he believes it's critical that he represents the values of the people of his state.

"I said it yesterday after I was sworn in, that I think a role of the senator is as much of two roles," Jones said. "You have to reason and learn from your constituents. Learn what they're hurting about, what they're concerned about. And the other part is to use your office to try to educate folks. I'm going to try to do that as much.

"I don't want to dodge people. I don't want to run from folks like we've seen in the last couple of years. I think the only way to be effective is to be out there, talk to people."

The new senator said he does not know if there is one specific issue standing out at this point that he'll focus on, because every day there is something new, but he does want to try to get the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding locked down, as it is vital to his state's children.

"I know there will be infrastructure bills over the spring and summer," Jones said.

He said he also believes he will work together well with GOP Sen. Richard Selby, his state's senior senator, as he's known him for years.

"We're going to work well together and try to do the things for the state, whether it's on the budget in trying to bring the military money into Alabama, like we've had such a success at in the last few years," said Jones. "We're going to have to see what pops up. Every day is new around here. Every week is new."

Meanwhile, Jones, also appearing on CNN's "New Day" program, said he wants to talk to people on both sides to find out how to best get CHIP funded, but refused comment about how he'll vote if the money must come from another program to do that.

"Let me spend more than 19 hours in a whirlwind up here and talk to my colleagues about their particulars on that issue and find out their reasoning on that and go to the other side of the aisle," he said.

"That's what I campaigned on, listening to both sides. I'm not going to get pinned down yet until I can spend time talking to both sides of these issues,"

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Sen. Doug Jones, who took office on Wednesday following a hard-fought victory over GOP challenger Roy Moore in a race that gathered widespread national attention, said Wednesday he thinks his win came because people are realizing that "elections have consequences."
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