Doug Jones: "I'm an independent voice"

Updated: Dec. 4, 2017 at 6:43 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Using the backd rop of U.S. Steel where his father and grandfather worked, Doug Jones dismissed President Trump's endorsement of Republican Roy Moore, instead vowing to find common ground with both parties in Washington.

"I'm an independent voice. I've told folks I can work with President Trump when he wants to do things for Alabama and help the people of this state," Jones said with his wife at his side during the news conference.

Jones recalled growing up in Fairfield, remembering a U.S Steel plant that once employed 20-thousand compared to about a thousand now.

"All my family came from backgrounds in coal mining and steel workers. I know what it's like to be in a working-class family," Jones said, discussing jobs and healthcare as important issues in the senate race.

He returned to the theme of finding common ground with political opponents.

"I'm going to reach out and work with people in Washington that Roy Moore will never be able to work with," Jones said. "This state has seen a crisis in confidence of leadership. We have had a governor removed, a speaker convicted, another legislator convicted. We've had a chief justice removed from office now for the second time. That creates a crisis and people are tired of it. They want to see somebody who won't embarrass them and will reach across the aisle."

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