By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced that he has endorsed Republican candidate Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate.
Cruz said in a statement that he needed more principled conservatives like Moore as allies in Washington.
“This December, the People of Alabama have a clear choice,” Cruz said. “They can choose a liberal Democrat, who will stand with Chuck Schumer to raise taxes, weaken our military, open our border, and undermine our constitutional rights. Or, they can choose to elect Judge Roy Moore, a conservative who will proudly defend Alabama values.”
“I strongly urge the voters to elect Judge Roy Moore. Judge Moore has a lifelong passion for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and he has the courage of his convictions,” Cruz said. “In the Senate, we need reinforcements; we desperately need strong conservatives who will stand up to the Washington status quo. Please join me in supporting Judge Moore on December 12.”
Moore thanked Cruz for his support and said he that looked forward to working with Cruz to achieve tax reform for American families and to strengthen the U.S. military.
“Ted Cruz has been a stalwart defender of our constitutional rights,” Moore remarked. “I appreciate his strong endorsement and I look forward to collaborating with him on proposals to strengthen the U.S. military, cut spending, and lower taxes on American families and businesses.”
Cruz faces a re-election challenge in 2018.
Sens. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, both have already endorsed Moore. The various factions of the Republican Party are rallying behind Moore’s Senate candidacy. A number of Alabama elected officials, including all of the GOP members of Alabama’s congressional delegation, have endorsed him.
“The Alabama Republican Party and our GOP elected officials stand shoulder to shoulder as one team as we prepare to elect Judge Moore to the U.S. Senate on December 12,” Terry Lathan, Alabama Republican Party chairman, said on Tuesday.
Moore is a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, who was removed twice by the Court of the Judiciary. Moore is a Vietnam veteran and a alumnus of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Moore faces former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones in the special general election for the Senate seat formerly held by Jeff Sessions.
Sessions was appointed U.S. attorney general by President Donald Trump. Moore emerged victorious from a crowded primary field to win the Republican nomination despite being outspent twelve to one by appointed Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., and his allies.