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Rep. Peter King: 'I Would Not Vote for Roy Moore'

(CNN's "The Situation Room")

By    |   Monday, 11 December 2017 06:29 PM

Rep. Peter King of New York said Monday if he could cast a ballot in Tuesday's special Senate election in Alabama, it would not be for fellow Republican Roy Moore.

"I would not vote for Roy Moore," King told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room." "I agree with Sen. [Richard] Shelby on this. I disagree with the president."

Alabama's senior Sen. Shelby, also a Republican, has said he already cast an absentee ballot in the race and wrote in a "distinguished Republican." Moore is under fire over accusations he sexually abused at least two women when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his early 30s.

Moore has denied the allegations, but even many of his fellow Republicans have said they believe the allegations are credible.

President Donald Trump initially stayed out of the race, but in recent days has offered his backing, including a last-minute robocall in Moore's behalf. Trump has not said he does not believe the women, but has stressed the need for a Republican in the seat, which would fall to a 51-49 GOP majority should Moore be defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.

King told CNN he feels a line has been crossed in the Moore case.

"If you're talking about anyone who is accused of child molesting, or attempted child molesting, it's not a question then of he said/she said or whose word you take," King said, adding Moore should not have even have had any dealings at all with teenage girls.

"I think he has not offered a specific or legitimate defense to any of those charges," King said.

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Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told CNN's "The Situational Room" he would not vote for Republican Judge Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate special election Tuesday, because of allegations of sexual misconduct with underage girls.
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