'I couldn't vote for Roy Moore': Alabama Senator Richard Shelby denounces Roy Moore just 2 days before the election

  • Sen. Richard Shelby explained on Sunday why he didn't vote for Roy Moore.
  • The senior US Senator from Alabama said he wrote in another Republican, but refused to disclose the Republican's name.
  • Several women have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, and pursuing them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s.


Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama spoke out against GOP candidate Roy Moore in an interview just two days before the special election to fill the state's US Senate seat.

In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Shelby explained that he did not vote for Moore and instead voted for an unnamed Republican write-in, citing the numerous accusations that Moore engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls.

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Beverly Nelson (L) shows a school year book with attorney Gloria Allread during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Accuser Beverly Young Nelson, reacts while reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Attorney Gloria Allred stands with accuser Beverly Young Nelson, holding a sketch of herself made when she was 16 after reading a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, U.S., November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Beverly Nelson (L) reacts as she reads a statement to reporters with attorney Gloria Allred during a news conference announcing new allegations of sexual misconduct against Alabama Republican congressional candidate Roy Moore, in New York, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Beverly Young Nelson (L) speaks to the media with her lawyer Gloria Allred, at a news conference where she has accused Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 16 on November 13, 2017 in New York City. Moore, a controversial politician who recently won a run-off against Luther Strange for Alabama's Senate seat, is currently fighting accusations alleging that he pursued sexual relationships with teenagers -- including a 14-year-old -- when he was in his 30s. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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"I couldn't vote for Roy Moore, I didn't vote for Roy Moore, but I wrote in a distinguished Republican name, and I think a lot of people could do that," Shelby said.

"I think the Republican party can do better," he added at the end of the interview.

Shelby said the he believed the women who have accused the GOP Senate nominee, noting that there was "a lot of smoke, gotta be some fire somewhere," but understood why President Donald Trump was continuing to back Moore.

"I understand where the president is coming from; we would've liked to retain that seat in the US Senate," Shelby said. "But I tell you what, there's a time — we call it a tipping point. And I think so many accusations, so many cuts, so many drip, drip, drip. When it got to the 14-year-old story, that was enough for me. I said I couldn't vote for Roy Moore."

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This was me at 14. l had plants in my room with names for them and l drew pictures of my beagle Cookie. l was in Th… https://t.co/Nf8i3ozSV5
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#MeAt14 shouldn't have been allowed to pick out my own clothes, definitely not old enough to consent to being grope… https://t.co/RqQD9pbNvC
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Shelby, who supported Sen. Luther Strange in the Alabama Republican primary, previously suggested that Moore should consider dropping out, joining a number of Senate Republicans who have opposed Moore's candidacy since reports revealed the former judge's history of alleged repeated sexual misconduct.

The Senator's comments came just days before the election that recent polls show is a virtual toss up. Moore has denied all of the accusations, painting the women's stories as a liberal smear campaign.

A number of national Democrats have descended on Alabama in recent days to hit the trail for Moore's opponent, Doug Jones, a former US attorney. The special election is on Tuesday.

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