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Lamar Alexander: Moore's Accusations Need to 'Be Resolved'

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By    |   Monday, 20 November 2017 12:01 PM

It's important to keep a Republican majority in the Senate, but when it comes to controversial Alabama candidate Roy Moore, the matter of accusations against him must be resolved, Sen. Lamar Alexander said in a CNBC interview on Monday.

"The charges, as detailed, seemed well-documented and serious," the Tennessee Republican told CNBC's John Harwood, in an interview for Harwood's "Speakeasy" podcast. "Obviously, I like having a Republican majority, but in this case, you've got a problem that needs to be resolved."

Alexander's comments were released just before Leigh Corfman, the first person to accuse Moore of acting sexually inappropriately with her, told NBC's "Today" show that she did not tell her story for political or financial gain, and that the former judge, while a 32-year-old assistant district attorney took advantage of her as a young girl.

She said she was only 14 when Moore took her to his home and "proceeded to seduce me" 40 years ago, and that she thinks a lot about the young girl she once was.

"She had a lot of promise ahead of her," Corfman told the morning show. "She didn't deserve to have a 32-year-old man prey upon her."

Harwood told Alexander that in some conservative media and Republicans, the claims from Corfman and other women have been denied, and "not that big a deal, it was consensual."

He also asked Alexander if he's concerned about the partisan reactions.

"It tells me we've got an internet democracy where anybody can say anything, and usually get heard today," said the senator. "So, my view on it is the charges, as detailed, seemed well-documented and serious."

However, the Tennessee Republican called a question about whether he'd vote for a Democrat or for a Republican in a similar situation if similar claims were being made in his own state "too much hypothetical."

"I don't urge voters in Tennessee to vote for anybody," said Alexander. "They didn't elect me to tell them how to vote."

He also said he would not tell people in Alabama how to vote, or that they should pick Moore's opponent, Doug Jones, instead of him.

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It's important to keep a Republican majority in the Senate, but when it comes to controversial Alabama candidate Roy Moore, the matter of accusations against him must be resolved, Sen. Lamar Alexander said in a CNBC interview on Monday.
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