Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was one of the first top Republicans to call for embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore to step down, walked back his statements on Sunday by instead saying voters in Alabama should decide the outcome of the election.
ABC News reporter George Stephanopoulos asked McConnell if he believed “Judge Moore should be let in the Senate” if he were to win later this month. “I’m going to let the people of Alabama make the call," the majority leader said in response.
“This election has been going on for a long time, there's been a lot of discussion about it. They're going to make the decision a week from Tuesday,” McConnell added.
Stephanopoulos then pressed McConnell on whether he's prepared to take action if Moore, who currently faces multiple sexual misconduct and assault allegations, were to be elected to the U.S. Senate. “The Ethics Committee would have to consider the matters that have been litigated in the campaign should that particular candidate win,” McConnell said.
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In mid-November, McConnell took a harsher tone regarding the mounting claims against the Alabama Republican candidate. “I believe the women, yes,” the Senate leader said when asked about the allegation, which includes Moore being accused of sexually touching a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.
McConnell also floated the idea of running a write-in candidate to replace Moore in Senate race.
Following McConnell's condemnation of Moore, the Republican candidate responded by saying the Senate majority leader is the one who should “step aside.”
“The person who should step aside is @SenateMajLdr Mitch McConnell,” Moore tweeted. “He has failed conservatives and must be replaced.”