Moore last month brushed aside that criticism, saying that "everybody knows I can win" and establishment Republicans were trying to keep him from running because they don't want him in the Senate.
Moore is a longtime favorite of Alabama's most conservative Christian voters, having established his credentials with his opposition to abortion and same-sex marriage, and his refusal to remove a granite monument of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building last decade.
On Thursday, it was up to presidential son Donald Trump Jr to blast as "fake news" Moore's assertion that by entering the race he would not be running against Trump in 2020.
Mr. Moore captured the GOP's nomination in a bitter primary in 2017, then faced a massive national campaign of opposition, fueled by news reports of misconduct, specifically that he dated teen girls while he was a prosecutor in his 30s. "The people of Alabama are exhausted of politicians saying one thing and doing another".
Moore also referenced the disinformation campaign that was funded by billionaire LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman in favor of Jones and against Moore.
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The loss gave the seat to Democrats for the first time since the early 1990s. Ironically, the Democrat's best chance for re-election might be if the GOP decides to repeat its mistakes and nominate an extremely damaged candidate such as Moore.
Despite Shelby's hope that Sessions might run for his old Senate seat, other Republicans said he was happy to be on the political sidelines after a rocky tenure as attorney general on the receiving end of Trump's criticism for his handling of the Russian Federation investigation.
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Jones, a former prosecutor, is the only Senate Democrat on the 2020 ballot that is now seen as strong pickup opportunity for Republicans. "It remains to be seen whether Moore can escape his baggage without his candidacy collapsing under its own weight, regardless of what groups on the outside do". These are allegations the failed Senate candidate continues to deny.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman Stewart Boss said national Republicans who supported Moore's 2017 campaign "have nobody to blame but themselves for the chaotic primary that's escalating in Alabama". Two accused him of assault or molestation.
Moore will bring a grab-bag of controversial positions to the 2020 GOP primary.
Moore still enjoys a base of support among evangelical voters.
Moore also sought to link the slew of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him during his campaign to the unsubstantiated allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which ultimately ended in several of the accusers being referred for criminal misconduct for allegedly lying about their stories.
Congressman Bradley Byrne, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville and state legislator Arnold Mooney have already announced GOP primary bids.
"President Trump has every right to voice his opinion", Moore said Thursday.
Sessions, the former attorney general, has not ruled out a run for his old Senate seat, according to Shelby. "I think that Alabama does not need Roy Moore".