Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — With just 22 days until the runoff election for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, Jeff Sessions is on the attack—trying to drum up support for himself and dismantle the support for former Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville.
Tommy Tuberville: “After 40 years of coaching football, I hung up my whistle and moved to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida…”
Jeff Sessions: “It’s time for the people of Alabama to ask some real questions about Tommy Tuberville. Has he ever spoken on an issue in his life? No. Has he ever made a contribution to Donald Trump or any other candidate? No.”Jeff Sessions’ campaign commercial
Tuberville had turned down an invitation to be apart of a debate with Sessions on CBS 42. His campaign released a statement about the refusal.
Until President Trump fired him, career politician Jeff Sessions held public office for almost 40 years, so he should not have to introduce himself to the voters of this state.
Likewise, the fact that he led the Republican primary field shows that Alabamians already know Coach Tuberville quite well following his long career at Auburn, and they like his stands on the issues of the day.
Most importantly, voters understand which candidate supports President Trump and which candidate cut and ran when Democrats launched the bogus Russia witch hunt.
Jeff Sessions has refused to debate every opponent he has faced since 2002, but now that he is running behind and scared of losing his place in the swamp, he has had a sudden change of heart. It is too late, too late.
With only three weeks left in the runoff, Coach will continue taking his message directly to voters in every corner of the state.Paul Shashy, Tuberville campaign manager
While the candidates slug it out ahead of the runoff, there is a new dynamic that could have an unpredictable effect on the campaign. Sessions weighed in on the coronavirus outbreak and the government’s, specifically, the President’s response.
“And Bill the big challenge in this massive government of ours, when we’ve got to have fifty or more different agencies and departments focused and coordinated, that’s hard to do. They all feel like they are independent fiefdoms. So I really feel like the President did the right thing by putting the Vice President in charge,” said Sessions.
The runoff election is set for March 31. Voter turnout is historically low for runoffs, and the continuing rise of coronavirus cases could impact turnout even more.
Our sister station WKRG is fact-checking the claims in the latest round of ads from Sessions’ campaign. They also contacted the Tuberville campaign for a response to the ads, but as of Monday afternoon, have not heard back. This story will be updated in the case new information arises.