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Carl and Moore set to debate in January

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl will debate his fellow GOP congressman Rep. Barry Moore next month.

U.S. Rep. Barry Moore, left, and U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, right.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Carl, R-Mobile, will debate his fellow GOP congressman, Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, next month in January.

The two conservatives will inform voters about their records and how they each believe they are the better Republican candidate to represent Alabama’s 1st Congressional District. Moore, who currently represents the 2nd Congressional District, is seeking Carl’s seat following Alabama’s congressional map redraw, which was necessitated due to concerns about undermining Black voters.

Moore stated that the 1st Congressional District is now one of the country’s most conservative and deserves a true conservative like himself. “Alabama’s First Congressional District has become one of the most conservative in the nation, and they need a true conservative voice,” Moore said. “I look forward to standing on my record as the first elected official in the nation to endorse President Donald Trump for President and why I was rated as the most effective conservative in the Alabama delegation by the Center for Effective Lawmaking.”

Carl, undeterred, said he is looking forward to showcasing his record as a “conservative workhorse.” “Alabama’s First Congressional District needs a conservative workhorse fighting for them in Congress, and that’s exactly what I’ve done since being elected. I look forward to debating my challenger as I highlight my record as a conservative fighter who has stood up for Trump’s America First agenda and gone toe-to-toe with Joe Biden to hold him accountable for being a total failure… The voters deserve a workhorse, not a show horse, and I look forward to highlighting that during the debate.”

The Baldwin County Republican Executive Committee will host the event at the Daphne Civic Center on January 24, 2024.

Patrick McWilliams, Baldwin County Chairman, expressed excitement about having both Carl and Moore speak and giving voters the chance to hear their platforms. “We are excited to hear from both congressmen about the issues that concern us all in the newly drawn Congressional District 1,” McWilliams said. “The Baldwin County Republican Party felt it best they both speak on the issues that concern us all. We have almost 30 percent of the Congressional District 1 population in Baldwin County, so that’s a significant portion.”

An interesting aspect of this campaign may be if former President Donald Trump decides to endorse either candidate, as his support could be a deciding factor in the race.

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Patrick Darrington is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can reach him at [email protected].

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