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After a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama called his opponent a pedophile, the campaign and a Democrat went back and forth on whether he was saying a racist thing or not.
Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions said of his opponent, Sen. Luther Strange, “He is a pedophile, he has sexual desires, he admitted in public, and he has a problem with children, he admits it.”
Jeff Sessions, the former Alabama U.S. senator and attorney general, on Wednesday called his Democratic opponent in the Senate race a pedophile after the two exchanged words following Sessions’ criticism of Sen. Luther Strange. “He is a pedophile, he has sexual desires, he admitted in public, and he has a problem with children, he admits it,” Sessions said at a Birmingham, Ala., news conference, according to audio and the Associated Press. While praising the Republican senator for being a conservative, he said he was “upset” to see Strange use the “L” word. “He said it so forcefully that it hurt,” Sessions said. “But he said it very explicitly, and this is my point.”
Sen. Sessions was referencing Senator Luther Strange’s statement about how Democrats would “lock up” his opponent, Roy Moore (R), for “lying” about his position on the Voting Rights Act when asked about it at a press conference in Birmingham on Tuesday.
Strange’s campaign sent out a statement responding to Sessions’ attack on him, but after a week on the trail, the Democrat’s campaign and his campaign team are not sure who, exactly, is calling Strange a pedophile.
“A former federal prosecutor once said of a man who was accused of child abuse, ‘he’ll have time on death row.’ Not Sen. Luther Strange,” a Strange spokesperson told AL.com. “Strange’s comment was offensive, and I don’t agree with it.”
However, a source close to the Strange’s campaign told AL.com, “this is not a pedophile smear. It’s a guy who’s accused of child abuse who makes a point about it” and then makes a reference to the death penalty because of it.
“He made a statement about the death row prisoner saying, ‘he’ll have time on death row,’ meaning he’ll ultimately be executed,” the source said. “That’s not a pedophile
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