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Trump jumps into Alabama Senate race, but it’s all about Moore — on both sides
It was unclear how much impact the president would have. And his support has been qualified, with no in-person appearances or photo opportunities with the controversial candidate.Trump's 11th-hour imprint was splashed across the front pages of the state's biggest newspapers over the weekend, as he championed Moore at a rally across the state border with Florida, recorded a phone call urging voters to vote Republican and branded Moore's Democratic opponent a "Pelosi/Schumer Liberal Democrat" to his more than 44 million followers on Twitter.
In another example of the increased scrutiny President Donald Trump’s nominees are facing, the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday rejected the nomination of former Rep. Scott Garrett, R-N.J., to lead the Export-Import Bank, with Republicansof South Carolina and of South Dakota joining Democrats to vote him down.
Garrett was a vocal opponent of the bank when he was in Congress, and his nomination was in trouble from the start. But it follows a pattern of other nominees running into headwinds in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Where Alabama Senate candidates stand on 8 key issues
Jones and Moore differ on the issues facing the country, though matters of policy have been largely overshadowed by the scandal dogging Moore's campaign.Voters in the Cotton State will choose between conservative former Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Roy Moore, accused by nine women of sexual misconduct but embraced by President Donald Trump and the state Republican party, and Democrat Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney who put two Ku Klux Klan members behind bars but whose view on abortion may prove the deciding factor.
. Matt Petersen, a district court nominee, withdrew on Monday after facing fresh scrutiny due to an exchange with Sen. John N. Kennedy, R-La., during which Petersen was unable to answer basic legal questions.
Petersen’s decision followed last week’s news that Brett Talley, a nominee to be a district judge in Alabama, was withdrawing his nomination after the Judiciary Committee had already sent his bid for the bench to the floor and offered to withdraw his nomination. Another judicial nominee, Jeff Mateer, for the Eastern District of Texas, also pulled up stakes.
“This is a clear signal that the White House isn’t properly vetting nominees but instead counting on Senate Republicans to jam them through with minimal review,” Sen.of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement on Monday. “I hope the White House and Senate Republicans learn a lesson from this and change how they’re handling judicial nominations.”
Voting underway in contentious Alabama Senate race
Voting has begun following last-ditch efforts by a raft of national leaders to sway the race.BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama voters headed to the polls Tuesday for a pivotal special election in which allegations of inappropriate behavior against Republican candidate Roy Moore have created a unique opportunity for Democrats in the typically ruby-red Deep South.
The Senate hasafter mostly slow-walking circuit court and district nominees in the last two years of Barack Obama's presidency.
Other executive nominees have gotten crosswise with the GOP Congress.
Michael Dourson, who was tapped to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s chemical safety division, withdrew his nomination earlier this month after criticism from GOP members, including North Carolina Sens.and .
Paul Trombino III, Trump’s pick to lead the Federal Highway Administration also withdrew his nomination earlier this month, but for personal reasons. He had received bipartisan support in the Senate.
Earlier this year a number of high-profile individuals withdrew their nominations, including Rep.of Pennsylvania to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
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