Doug Jones: "Roy Moore stays in hiding"

Updated: Nov. 27, 2017 at 6:53 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Doug Jones dismisses the criticism he has received from President Donald Trump on Twitter.

Jones also says an Associated Press report that the president will not campaign for Moore in the final two weeks of Alabama's special senate election does not change his plans at all.

"I respond to the voters of Alabama. That's where my allegiance lies. We're talking about issues that are important to them," Jones says.

The Democrat's campaign touted thousands of miles and more than 100 events in the last six weeks of the campaign, taking a swipe at embattled Republican nominee Roy Moore.

"Roy Moore stays in hiding and only speaking to his small groups. We've been out there taking our message to voters," Jones says.

Moore, whose last public campaign appearance took place on November 16th, appears Monday night near Fort Payne.

UAB professor and political communications expert Larry Powell says the sexual misconduct allegations against Moore has disrupted the campaign.

"They have caused him to change his schedule and avoid public appearances," Powell says. "We're at the point where it's the talk of this state. This is coffee shop talk. These are conversations people have over Thanksgiving."

Moore has denied any wrongdoing and called the allegations false. In a new campaign commercial released Monday, his campaign blames "liberal elites and the Republican establishment."

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