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Moore addresses Madison County Republicans

Roy Moore is surrounded by supporters and media after leaving the Alabama Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., on Thursday October 27, 2016 as the lottery is held to pick the judges who will hear his appeal.

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore addressed the Madison County Republican Party Freedom Gala at the Jackson Center in Research Park.  Moore discussed the Senate race and his views on God.

“I have always admired this part of the state,” Moore said.  “It is so innovative.  I got to go through the Remington factory.  I saw more guns today than I saw in the military.”

Moore, a former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice, said that after the election of President Donald Trump he felt like a great weight had been taken off of us. After eight years of Obama a lot of us were just about ready to give up.

Moore said that Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been working to try to change things in Washington.

“They’re fighting an establishment, I have some experience with that, and they don’t want to change,” Moore said. “They don’t want to change what they are doing.  And Donald Trump has been frustrated.”

Moore said that Trump is not a perfect person.

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“Nobody’s perfect, but I think he’s trying to do what’s right,” Moore said. “And I’ll give him my support when I get there.”

“Some of the things that I’ve done that may help him,” Moore continued. “I’m sure he’s got a lot more problems than any of you could even imagine. You go through a presidency for four years, it’s probably like going to hell and back because it’s not easy.”

Moore said that he was saddened by the recent death of state Representative Jim Patterson and that his heart goes out to his wife and family.

“We have got to realize that our life on earth is short, very short, what we do here is what is important,” Moore said.  “We can only imagine how great heaven will be and we can only imagine how great our country can be if we will go back to the things that made us great.”

“Are we going back to an understanding of where we began or not?” Moore said.  “Do we want to keep our Constitution? Do we want to keep an understanding of that Constitution and its relationship to God? Do any people in our country still understand why we must retain the knowledge of God in society? Is it just a religious thing?  I submit to you that it is not just a religious thing. It’s not something that we have an alternative. If we don’t recognize that this nation was founded upon God, then we’re going to lose our country. We’re going to lose our rights and we’re going to lose our freedoms.”

Moore said that during the Republican Primaries he got to know the other candidates.

“We talked about the wall and immigration,” Moore said. “Today in this campaign now, (the general election versus Doug Jones (D)) it seems like the other side wants open borders, wants open immigration. We talked about health care – we all talked about repealing or replacing health care. I personally stand for repealing Obamacare. But, on the other side in this campaign, they want to keep exactly what we’ve got in Obamacare.”

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Moore talked about meeting, now deceased, Admiral Jeremiah Denton, (also a former U.S. Senator and a POW in Vietnam).  First Admiral Denton told me how he was put in a hole in the ground and how he experienced bugs and spiders but in that hole he also met God.

“His love for his country was great, his love for his family was great, but his love for God was even greater,” Moore said.

Moore said that he thought Denton would say when he got off that plane returning from captivity in Vietnam; but he answered, “When I was in the hole.”

“I am proud for fighting for my country in Vietnam,” Moore said. “I am proud for fighting for the things I believe in in the court system.  And this is what I will fight for in the Senate.”

The special general election pitting Moore versus Jones will be on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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