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Moore campaign says Jones supports “Bernie Sanders style economics”

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore blasted his opponent, Doug Jones for supporting “Bernie Sanders style economics” that the Moore campaign claimed, “would crush small businesses, stifle the free market, and make it harder for everyday Alabamians to put food on the table.”

“Small businesses account for around two-thirds of American jobs,” Moore said. “Alabama business owners and entrepreneurs work hard every day to provide quality products, services, and jobs to our communities and they deserve to reap all of the benefits of a free market that is unencumbered by the burdens of the federal government. As your next United States Senator, I will work hard to roll back unnecessary government regulations, remove tax rules that punish small business owners, and join the President in promoting economic policies that put the needs of the American people first.”

“The Bernie Sanders style economics of Doug Jones are straight from the socialist playbook and would be the destruction of small businesses in Alabama,” Moore Campaign chairman, Bill Armistead said Friday. “Jones wants more government, more taxes, more regulation, and more free stuff – all on taxpayer dime. Judge Roy Moore wants less government, lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a booming economy that will create jobs and make life easier for all Alabamians who are simply trying to pay the bills.”

The Moore campaign quoted an Entrepreneur Magazine report that stated that 25 million and 27 million small businesses in the United States provide 60 to 80 percent of all the nation’s jobs.

The Moore campaign has been seeking to return the debate to issues after the campaign got sidetracked by a Washington Post story presented claims that Moore acted inappropriately with some young women in the Gadsden dating scene during the late 1970s.  Moore has emphatically denied the allegations.

The Moore campaign believes that if voters will look seriously at the two candidate’s positions on issues like: the economy, abortion, taxes, transgenders in the military, de-regulation, helping small business, restoring America’s military, healthcare, confirming Trump’s judicial appointments, etc. that they will find that Moore’s positions are much closer to the positions that the majority of the people of Alabama have.

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The Jones campaign meanwhile has tried to push the narrative that he will not “embarrass” Alabama.  Jones has emphasized that over and over again as well as his successful prosecution of the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bomber.  Jones posted on Twitter, “I stood up to the KKK, I will stand up for Alabama. I will not embarrass you.”

Moore is a former Alabama State Supreme Court Justice, an Etowah County Circuit Judge, a prosecutor, the founder of the Foundation for Moral Law, a Vietnam veteran, and a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the University of Alabama School of Law.  Doug Jones is a former aide to former U.S. Senator Howell Heflin, a Clinton era U.S. Attorney,  a prominent Birmingham area attorney, a former assistant U.S. Attorney, and a graduate of the University of Alabama and Samford University Cumberland Law School.

The U.S. Senate special election to fill the vacancy created when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general will be on Dec. 12, 2017.

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

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