How Trump’s presidency could impact Alabama

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — President-elect Donald Trump’s win is still setting in for some. CBS42 wanted to dig deeper into what a Trump Presidency could look like and what it would mean for Alabama.

Donald Trump thrusted the state into the spotlight when he invited Senator Jeff Sessions on stage during his victory speech Wednesday morning.

Political analyst Steve Flowers says some people think Sessions will take on a position on Trump’s cabinet, leaving his Senate seat open.

Flowers says that could completely change the landscape of Alabama politics.

“You will have a flurry of viable politicos who’ve been waiting around for a once in a lifetime opportunity to go to the United States Senate trying to get first the appointment and if they don’t get the appointment they’ll probably run for the job in 2018,” said Flowers.

Flowers says will likely see several people who are rumored to run for governor run for Senate if Trump does in fact appoint Sessions and Sessions accepts.

CBS42 asked Congressman Gary Palmer if he was interested in a run for Senate if Sessions’ seat is up for grabs, he said he wants to be where he’s supposed to be, not giving a definitive answer.

When it comes to what will be done with the Affordable Care Act, Trump has made it pretty clear he wants to repeal and replace it.

Congressman Palmer says he thinks, eventually, a lot of Democrats will come on board with changes being made to healthcare.

“The good news is, we’ve seen this coming for a long time. I saw it coming before I even ran for Congressman when I was still in the think-tank world and we know how to fix it,” said Palmer.

Looking at immigration reform, political analyst Steve Flowers says he thinks Trump will stay true to his word.

“I don’t think it’ll be as drastic as some Hispanics or Latinos or Muslims believe that they’re going to round them all up and send them back somewhere I think that’s insurmountable,” said Flowers.

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