Former Auburn football coach turned U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville was in Clanton at the Hickory Chip Restaurant for a meet and greet with Chilton County community leaders Friday. Tuberville is running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama.
Tuberville agreed to speak to the Alabama Political Reporter about his positions on the issues facing this country.
APR asked Tuberville: You could still get a head coaching job somewhere, maybe at a smaller school, or you could get a job as an athletics director somewhere. Why are you running for the U.S. Senate?
“I am doing it for the country,” Tuberville said. “I don’t need the money, and I don’t need a job. The people in Washington have become so consumed with partisanship that they are not worried with doing what is best for the American people anymore.”
Tuberville said Washington needs people who can bring people together, which is what he said he has done throughout his career as a football coach.
APR asked: The president has proposed a 25 percent tariff on automobiles and automobile parts. Alabama has become a national leader in building automobiles, many of them with imported parts and those plants would be adversely impacted if those tariffs were implemented.
Tuberville said he is opposed to tariffs and called them “a tax on the American people.”
Tuberville however expressed confidence that President Trump “knows what he is doing” on the trade negotiations and that the Senate should support him and his efforts.
Tuberville said intellectual property rights are the main thing, and foreign competitors like China are killing us on intellectual property.
APR asked if we would soon be at war with Iran.
Tuberville thought that a long protracted war with Iran was unlikely.
“The president did the right thing,” Tuberville said. “They shot down one of our drones. That cost a lot of money.”
But Tuberville agreed with the decision not to escalate to a full-blown attack on Iran in response.
“There are two things Iran cannot do,” he said. “They can’t attack our military, and they can’t be allowed to get a nuclear weapon. They can’t handle a nuclear weapon.”
Tuberville said the regime in Iran has run their country into the ground and so wrecked their own economy that they are provoking us to deflect attention away from how bad things are there domestically.
APR asked: In 2016, Republicans ran promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, they didn’t. Now many Democrats, including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris are running on replacing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with a single payer model. Where do you stand on healthcare?
“It has been a disaster, even the Democrats know that, which is why they are moving on to something else,” Tuberville said. “In most states, there is only one health insurer left.”
Tuberville said he supports free-market reforms creating competition among healthcare insurers.
Tuberville said a government takeover of healthcare would be a disaster.
“Look at the V.A.,” he said.
Tuberville said veterans have earned their benefits but aren’t getting the care that they deserve, and he supports vouchers to allow veterans to go get the care that they need.
Tuberville said we can’t afford single payer. The government is taking in over $4 trillion a year and is spending $5 trillion a year and that the national debt is $22 trillion going on $25 trillion.
Tuberville was a head football coach for 21 years compiling a 159 and 99 record, including an 85 and 40 record at Auburn. His best season was 2004 when he went 13 and 0 and won both the SEC Championship game and the Sugar Bowl. Tuberville also was the head coach at Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Cincinnati. He lives in Auburn.
Tommy Tuberville joins a crowded Alabama Republican primary field that includes businessman Stanley Adair, former Chief Justice Roy Moore, Secretary of State John Merrill, Congressman Bradley Byrne, R-Montrose, and State Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Indian Springs. State Auditor Jim Zeigler is exploring running for Senate. John Paul Serbin and Marty Preston Hatley have both filed forms with the FEC as Republicans but have not announced. The Rev. Jarmal Jabbar Sanders has filed FEC forms exploring running as an independent but has made no announcement.
Jones is now the only candidate running in the Democratic Primary. The Washington Post recently declared Jones the most vulnerable Senate incumbent.
The Republican primary is March 3.
Former UA president Judy Bonner endorses Jeff Sessions
Former University of Alabama President Judy Bonner has penned a letter endorsing Jeff Sessions in the race for U.S. Senate.
“During his 20 years in the Senate, Jeff worked side-by-side with our senior senator, Richard Shelby, always fighting for Alabama values and looking after Alabamians. I’m sure Senator Shelby would agree that no finer person has ever served in the U.S. Senate than Jeff Sessions. Jeff is a man with the highest degree of integrity, character and honesty. Together, they made an impressive team for our state and can do so again,” Bonner said.
“When Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina hit Alabama in 2004 and 2005, Jeff and his wife, Mary, were literally passing water bottles out in Bayou La Batre and helping provide food and shelter to those affected throughout South Alabama. And when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in 2010, Senator Sessions, Senator Shelby and my brother, Jo, were keeping the pressure on Ken Feinberg and BP to make sure our state was compensated,” Bonner said.
“While in the Senate, Jeff visited every county – all 67 – at least once a year. Like Senator Shelby, he knows Alabama like the back of his hand. And when our people have needed their senator to help them cut through the bureaucracy at the VA, Social Security or one of the many other federal agencies, Senator Sessions and his team were always there for us. He knows how to represent Alabama in Washington – and serve all of us – because he has been a servant leader his entire life,” Bonner wrote.
Bonner pointed to Sessions’s ability to deliver results for Alabama immediately.
“Another important point to consider is there will come a day when Senator Shelby decides to retire. Do we want our next senior senator to have more than 20-years-experience and seniority or do we want someone who is still learning his way around the Capitol?” Bonner asked.
Bonner concluded her letter with this note about Jeff Sessions:
“He is Alabama through and through. I hope you will consider giving him your support and trust as well. He has never let Alabama down and he never will.”
Perry Hooper endorses Tuberville
Former State Rep. Perry Hooper Jr., Trump National Victory committee member, formally endorsed former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate on Thursday.
“I have known Coach Tommy Tuberville since he first arrived at Auburn in 1999,” Hooper said. “Since day one when I went to watch my sons practice football, he was always talking to me about Republican Party Politics. I knew it was in his blood. Little did I know at the time, I would be joining the President in supporting him for the United States Senate.”
“Coaching football is more about leadership than X’s and O’s,” Hooper continued. “Tommy’s leadership abilities were the first thing that impressed me when we first met. He has been places recruiting that few people running for office have. He has been in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, convincing Mommas how he was going to help mold their 17 years old sons into men. He really cares about everyday people and what is best for our neighborhoods and schools. He has been a great teacher of life lessons as well as an outstanding football coach. He brought in former Auburn Linebacker Chette Williams to serve as the Auburn football team chaplain. He is a dedicated Christian and dedicated to his family which includes his former players. This is what this country needs now – leaders not career politicians.”
“Tommy Tuberville is a principled, free market conservative who has the support of President Trump and has put together a great campaign to defeat Doug Jones,” said David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth PAC “President Trump’s endorsement is by far the most important endorsement a candidate can earn for a Republican Primary, and we are glad to join President Trump in supporting Tommy Tuberville.”
Club for Growth PAC has been strongly supporting Tommy Tuberville for Senate and Barry Moore and Bill Hightower in the Second and First Congressional Districts.
During these turbulent times, the President needs Tommy Tuberville on his team.,” Hooper said. “As the President stated in his endorsement “Tommy Tuberville loves his country and will never let it down”. He is 100 % behind the President and the Trump Agenda. He could easily have retired after his long successful football career, but there is one more chapter in his life – serving in the US Senate. He has been a winner on and off the football field; as Senator he will be a big win for America and Alabama.”
Hooper is a member of the Alabama Republican Executive Committee and a strong supporter of Auburn University athletics.
Tuberville faces former U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday, July 14, in the Republican primary runoff. The winner of the Republican nomination will face incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, D-Alabama, in the Nov. 3 general election.
Moore, Coleman campaigns spar after Roby endorses Coleman
Incumbent Congresswoman Martha Roby on Thursday endorsed Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff. Barry Moore, who challenged Roby’s re-election in the 2018 Republican primary, dismissed the endorsement.
“I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said in a statement. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans. The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”
Former State Rep. Barry Moore (R-Enterprise) said in a statement: “While we appreciate Martha’s service, let’s remember that she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time–the same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain. The people of District 2 will always remember that Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most. She was the first member of Congress to draft a letter asking him to drop out of the Presidential race. That is something that we will never forget. President Trump needs our support. Can we really trust Roby/Coleman for that?”
“I am proud to be endorsed by The House Freedom Fund, the PAC of the House Freedom Caucus,” Moore continued. “The members of the Freedom Caucus are considered the President’s closest advisors in the House and they have been leading the conservative fight in Congress. The voter’s choice is the same old swamp with Coleman or Barry Moore, who is supported by the most Conservative group in Congress. I look forward to representing the people of District 2 and I am thankful for their support.”
The Coleman campaign responded to Moore’s response.
Coleman campaign manager Dalton Dismukes said, “Mr. Moore cites Representative Roby’s service as “she has been part of the establishment in Washington for a long time” as she served five terms. This is interesting because in the Tuesday WTVY Debate, Mr. Moore, when pressed about his support of term limits and how long he would stay went on to say he would serve “maybe 10 years–five terms” Just seems hypocritical and inconsistent.”
“Mr. Moore also cites Rep. Roby’s past with President Trump saying Rep. Roby was part of, “The same swamp President Trump has been trying to drain.” But he didn’t mention that President Trump actually endorsed Rep. Roby in 2018 when he tweeted, “I fully endorse Martha for Alabama 2nd Congressional District!,” Dismukes added. “Lastly, and arguably most importantly, Mr. Moore is quoted as saying, “The people of District 2 will always remember when Martha Roby turned her back on Donald Trump when he needed us most.” Yet he is proud to be endorsed by Club for Growth who spent $7,000,000 against Trump the very same year and the very same election.”
Club for Growth PAC is supporting Moore as well as Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville and First Congressional candidate Bill Hightower in Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff.
Coleman has been endorsed by the Business Council of Alabama, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the Alabama Farmer’s Federation.
Congresswoman Martha Roby endorses Jeff Coleman
Congresswoman Martha Roby endorsed Jeff Coleman for Congress Thursday. “I fully support Jeff Coleman to be our next Congressman,” Roby said. “Jeff Coleman is a businessman who supports cutting government regulation and lowering taxes to help grow a strong economy. Jeff strongly supports our men and women serving in uniform, as well as our veterans.”
She continued, “The Second District needs someone who will support our interests right here in southeast Alabama, particularly our farmers. Jeff will do just that. He’ll get results for Alabama.”
“I am humbled and honored to receive this strong endorsement from Representative Roby. She has been a staunch supporter of our military men and women, as well as our farmers. I am looking forward to continuing her legacy of fighting for our conservative Alabama values, protecting the family farm, and fighting to ensure our veterans and active-duty personnel have all the resources they need,” Coleman said of the endorsement.
Coleman has now been endorsed by 10 mayors, multiple business associations in the state, the U.S. Chamber, and Roby. Coleman finished the Republican Primary on March 3 with 38 percent of the vote — 18 points ahead of his closest challenger.
Coleman has never run for public office and touts a 35-year successful business career.