Tommy Tuberville meets with voters in Montgomery

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Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville (left) watches video highlights with the 2004 team before the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — During a recent campaign stop, U.S. Senate candidate and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville told Republicans he is not a career politician and would work with President Donald Trump to fix problems.

Tuberville told the group several times on Tuesday how much he supports Trump. He is also hoping his coaching experience will help him with voters.  

“I think a coach in any situation especially in college man or woman would be a great person in congress,” Tuberville said during the visit. 

He’s known in football circles, but how well does Tuberville know the issues facing Alabama?

“We don’t need to panic, but we’re pretty close to panicking here in Alabama with health care,” he said. “We have good health care in the cities,” he said. 

Tuberville said he disagrees with Medicaid expansion and the idea of “Medicare for All.” In addition, he also took issue with education.

“I’m not a fan of Common Core,” he said. “We’ve kept our kids from accelerating.”

Political analyst Steve Flowers said the fact that Tuberville is up against some well-known Alabamians, such as Roy Moore and John Merrill, may prove to be a challenge for his campaign.

“Alabamians tend to election someone to the governorship or U.S. Senate that is from Alabama,” Flowers said. 

Flowers added that Tuberville could also have a hard time connecting with voters since he is not originally from Alabama. Tuberville was born and raised in Camden, Arkansas. 

Both the Republican and Democratic primaries for the Senate seat will be held March 3, 2020 with the general election to be held November 3, 2020.

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