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Sessions says that the people of Alabama expect their congress members to defend Alabama values

Brandon Moseley

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Saturday, U.S. Senate candidate former Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) said that the people of Alabama expect its Senator to defend Alabama values in the Senate.

Sessions made those comments addressing the Mid-Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills on Saturday.

“A Senate seat is a very important thing,” Sessions told the MARC members.

“The people of Alabama expect us to defend their values,” Sessions. “One year I spoke on the floor more than Harry Reid” (who was then the majority leader).

“You don’t want a potted plant,” Sessions said referring to incumbent Doug Jones (D). “He defended Nancy Pelosi. He wants to call the same witnesses that Chuck Schumer does. He is not one of us. He is one of them.”

Sessions was there with his wife Mary. Together they started the first Republican club in the history of Huntingdon College in Montgomery, when they were sophomore students there.

They now have ten grandchildren. The oldest is 11 and the youngest is 3.

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“When Mary and I started we hardly had any office holders now we have every statewide office – but one,” Sessions stated. “I believe in the Republican Party I have fought for it my entire life.”

Sessions credited one of his teachers for sharing National Review with him at an early age.

“Mr. Buckley you washed my brain when I was in high school,” Sessions said he told the late William F. Buckley.

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Sessions is a former U.S. Attorney, former Chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, Reagan nominee to the federal judiciary, Trump Attorney General, and Senator from 1997 to 2017.

“The previous Administration was doing things that were not right,” Sessions said. “Murders jumped 12 percent the last year of the Obama Administration.”

Sessions said that the attacks on police from the administration and in some cases from their own city governments were responsible for the crime surge. Sessions said that he was proud to be part of a pushback against that as AG.

“We can have a working Republican majority for a decade and maybe two decades.” Sessions said if the party will listen the new people that Trump brought into the party in 2016 and not listen as much too Wall Street and Silicon Valley.

“The median income is $55,000,” Trump said. “They have not had a pay raise in 20 years,”

Sessions said that in the Senate he helped defeat three different amnesty plans.

“We are for immigration,” Sessions said but it has to be done the right way. One point one million people every year come here legally and get a green card. That is more than any other nation in the world.

Sessions said that he helped defeat the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

“The Sultan of Brunei had the same vote as the President of the United States,” Sessions said of the TPP. “That bill has not seen the light of day.”

Sessions defended Pres. Trump’s decision to order the killing of Iranian Lt. Gen. Qasem Soleimani.

“Soleimani has been the big guy for a long time and everybody knew it,” Sessions said of the Iranian General’s role in Middle Eastern terrorism. “Iran was known to be the number one state sponsor of terrorism in the world.”

Sessions urged a less interventionist foreign policy.

“We can not take over these countries and run these countries,” Sessions said. “We do not accept people attacking and killing our people; but at the same time we don’t need to take over and run these other countries with tens of millions of people. It is not good for them and it is not good for us.”

“Now we are energy independent,” Sessions added. “We don’t have to worry about Iranian oil it can sit in the ground as far as I am concerned.”

Sessions condemned the recent impeachment of Pres. Trump.

“It is an abuse of the impeachment power,” Sessions said.

Sessions called it, “A point of darkness in the history of the House.”

“The Senate shall conduct the trial not the House,” Sessions said.

Sessions said that the Senate leadership should tell Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-California, “You have no power here.”

Sessions said that the Democrats have investigated President Trump and have not found a single crime.

“They turned over every rock and have not found a single crime,” Sessions said. “Obstruction of Congress? The Congress obstructs the President every day.”

Sessions slammed the far left.

“They don’t even believe in right and wrong or objective truth,” Sessions said. “They don’t believe in tradition or law and order.” “They don’t believe in free speech.”

The Republican Primary is March 3.

 

Brandon Moseley is a senior reporter with eight and a half years at Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or follow him on Facebook. Brandon is a native of Moody, Alabama, a graduate of Auburn University, and a seventh generation Alabamian.

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Jones to attend Auburn student forum, Tuberville hasn’t yet responded to invitation

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend.

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Sen. Doug Jones, left, and Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville, right.

The College Democrats at Auburn University and the College Republicans at Auburn University have asked U.S. Senator Doug Jones, D-Alabama, and his Republican opponent, Tommy Tuberville, to attend a student forum on Wednesday.

“We are excited to invite the candidates running for our U.S. Senate seat and provide this opportunity for any Auburn student to hear directly from them, and we hope it will inform our student bodies’ decisions with the November 3rd election only days away,” said Carsten Grove, president of the College Democrats at Auburn University, in a statement.

Jones has agreed to attend the forum, Auburn University College Democrats confirmed for APR on Sunday, but it was unclear whether Tuberville planned to attend. The student organization  was still awaiting a response from Tuberville’s campaign.

Jones has for months requested Tuberville join him in a debate, but Tuberville has declined.

“AUCR takes great pleasure in coming together with AUCD to co-host the Alabama Senate candidates in this forum. We are looking forward to a very informative and constructive event,” said Lydia Maxwell, president of the College Republicans at Auburn University.

Dr. Ryan Williamson, assistant professor of political science, is to emcee the forum, which will be open to all Auburn University students in the Mell Classroom Building at 6 p.m., according to a press release from the College Democrats at Auburn University.

Students will be permitted 30 seconds to ask a question of either candidate, and each candidate will have two minutes to answer, according to the release.

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Capacity at the forum will be limited and precautions taken due to COVID-19. Any student with an Auburn ID is welcome and attendance will be first come, first served.

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Trump Truck and boat parades this weekend

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Trump boat parade

As Election Day draws near, Alabama Republicans are excited about promoting the re-election of Donald J. Trump as President and the election of Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate. This weekend two pro-President Trump events are happening in the state. There will be a truck parade from Ashland to Phenix City on Saturday sponsored by the Clay County Republican Party, while there will also be a boat parade on Wilson Lake in the Shoals sponsored by the Colbert County Republican Party on Sunday.

The pickup trucks will assemble at the Ashland Industrial Park in Clay County, 8240 Hwy 9, Ashland. There is a pre-departure rally at 10:00 a.m. central standard time. The trucks will depart at 11:00 a.m. and then proceed on a parade route that will take them into the bitterly contested swing state of Georgia. The Trump Pickup Parade will wind through east Alabama and West Georgia traveling through LaGrange and Columbus before concluding near the Alabama/Georgia line in Phenix City, 332 Woodland Drive, Phenix City at approximately 2:00 p.m. central time. Speakers will begin at 3:00. Trump flags will be on sale at the event.

The Phenix Motorsports Park will be hosting what sponsor hope could possibly the world’s largest Pickup Tuck parade in U.S. history that is routing over 50 mile through Georgia in effort to “pickup” President Trump’s numbers in GA.

A number dignitaries have been invited to address the Phenix City rally, including Coach Tuberville. Former State Sen. Shadrack McGill, Trump Victory Finance Committee member former State Rep. Perry O. Hooper Jr., and Paul Wellborn, the President and CEO of the largest Family owned Kitchen Cabinet manufacture in the USA are among the featured speakers who have committed to speak at the event.

Entertainment will be provided by: Charity Bowden, an up and coming country music singer who was the runner up on “The Voice”. Charity will sing ‘I am Proud to be an American’ as well as songs from her Voice performances. The McGill Girls will also perform. The three beautiful and talented sisters will be singing patriotic songs in three part harmony. Geoff Carlisle, a professional DJ will be keeping the crowd pumped with music and entertainment.

Following the speakers and the entertainment there will Trump truck-vs- Joe Bidden truck races down the drag strip for the finale.

The Northwest Alabama boat parade will be on Sunday. The boats will gather at 2:00 p.m. near Turtle Point and then the flotilla will parade around the open waters of Wilson Lake til 3_00 p.m.. There will be a contest for best decorated Trump boats.

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Trump supporters have held a number of large boat parades across the state to show their support for the re-election of Pres. Trump.

Boat parade sponsors say that this parade will be: pro-American, pro-law enforcement, pro-military.

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Opinion | Doug Jones’s pathway to victory: Substance over lies

Jones said his work in the Senate should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

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Alabama Sen. Doug Jones speaks during the Democratic National Convention.

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones believes voters will ultimately see through Tommy Tuberville’s lazy campaign and lies, and that enough of them will be moved by his work over the last two years to send him back to D.C. 

Jones’ comments came during a lengthy interview on the Alabama Politics This Week podcast. He also discussed his plans to address some of Alabama’s most pressing issues and also praised Sen. Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican.  

But it was Jones’ comments about Alabama voters — and whether too many of them are incapable of moving away from the Republican Party — that were most interesting. Jones still believes there are open-minded voters in the state, and that there isn’t enough attention being paid to polls showing a growing dissatisfaction in Alabama with President Donald Trump. 

“There are a number of things that Donald Trump has done that people (in Alabama) don’t agree with,” Jones said. “There are a number of things that he’s done that’s hurt Alabama and that they’re not OK with. That’s where I come in.”

Jones said his work in the Senate, where he’s sponsored the most bipartisan legislation over the last two years, should prove to the people of the state that party matters less than productivity. 

“I tell everyone, you owe it to yourself to look at every candidate and every issue,” Jones said. “I do that. I’ve been a Democrat all my life but I don’t think that I have ever pulled a straight lever. Because I look at every issue. I will tell you that there have been times that I didn’t vote for people who are Democrats for whatever reason — I just couldn’t do it. I think we owe it to ourselves to do that.”

Jones had the perfect example to drive the point home. 

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“Y’all all know our state auditor, Jim Zeigler? Jim wasn’t always a Republican. Jim’s first runs for office were as a Democrat. 

“I rest my case.”

You can listen to the full interview at the Alabama Politics This Week website, or you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. 

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Trump to visit Pensacola tonight

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy.

Brandon Moseley

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President Donald Trump speaks at the Republican National Convention

Neither presidential candidate is likely to visit Alabama before the general election, as both campaigns accept that Alabama will be certainly in President Donald Trump’s camp on election day no matter what else happens. While Alabama is not a swing state, Georgia and Florida are both in play, and both campaigns are devoting enormous resources there.

Trump is making a push in Florida in the final weeks of the election, and Northwest Florida is part of his strategy. Trump will be just across the Florida-Alabama state line visiting Pensacola and is scheduled to address supporters at the ST Engineering hangar beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

The doors open at 4 p.m. and the event begins at 7:00 p.m.

The president’s rally tonight comes right after a visit to Pensacola last week by Second Lady Karen Pence and is one of many Florida campaign events planned for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump arrived in Florida after Thursday’s final presidential debate with Joe Biden. He is scheduled to hold a campaign event in The Villages before traveling to Pensacola. The president will spend the night at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago and will vote early Saturday.

The vice president will hold rallies in Lakeland and Tallahassee on Saturday. Florida has 27 electoral college votes. It would be very difficult for Trump to get the 270 electoral college votes necessary to win without winning Florida.

Democrats warn that attending a Trump rally could be dangerous due to the coronavirus threat.

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“The last thing Floridians need is for Donald Trump to host more potential superspreader rallies across our state,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said in a statement on the rally in Pensacola. “What we do need, however, is a president capable of putting Floridians ahead of his own self-interest and get this pandemic under control.”

Most recent polls have Trump trailing Biden in Florida. Tickets are required to attend the rally.

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