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by Sharon Rondeau
“It never happened,” Moore said in response to Hannity’s questions about one of four women who allegedly made the claims to The Post about an incident she said occurred when she was 14 and Moore was 32.
Moore said that he “never” engaged in inappropriate behavior while dating women and that he did not purchase alcohol for anyone “underage,” noting that his county is “a dry county.”
Republicans in Congress were quick to denounce Moore based on the allegations reported by The Post, which has officially endorsed Moore’s opponent, Douglas Jones. Also condemning Moore on Friday was former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, who said that “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply to “elections.”
Moore won the Republican primary in late September and will face Jones in a general special election on December 12 to fill the Senate seat vacated by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
When asked, Moore said he believes it is “inappropriate” for a man in his 30s to date a teenager.
As Moore spoke with Hannity, The Post published a lead article reporting that the National Republican Senatorial Committee “pulled out of a joint committee it had set up with Moore, depriving him of a fundraising vehicle for the final weeks of the campaign.”
Moore said he refused to debate Jones because of his extreme “liberal” positions on social issues and that he is 11 points ahead of Jones in current polling. “They’re bringing up something to detract from this campaign,” Moore said of his opponent.
“This never happened; they know it never happened, and obviously, you don’t wait 40 years to bring up something like this,” Moore continued.
During the second segment of the interview which ended at approximately 4:30 p.m., Moore stated that there exists “some evidence of collusion” among the women who reportedly spoke with The Post but that his campaign is not yet ready to release that information.
Hannity asked Moore if he believes the “Republican establishment” is involved with the allegations, to which Moore said they were quick to remove any support they might have offered him.
The interview ended at 4:40 p.m. and was followed by an appearance by White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway.