Senate candidates attend Veterans Day luncheon in Mobile

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — In Mobile Monday, two of the candidates running for senate were at the Veterans Day luncheon at Fort Whiting.

Congressman Bradley Byrne and former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville both vying for the same seat weighed in on former Senator Jeff Sessions entering to try and win back his old seat.

Congressman Byrne has been outspoken about his thoughts about former US Attorney General Sessions joining in the Senate race. Less than two weeks ago, Byrne discouraged Sessions from joining in the last minute, citing President Donald Trump’s feelings towards Sessions.

“I was with the President Saturday in the box with him at the game. he’s very unhappy with Senator Jeff Sessions. Does not want him to be running. Bt Jeff decided to run. I’m sorry for the state and I’m sorry for Jeff, I don’t think it’s good for the state or good for him. it doesn’t make any difference for our race,” said Byrne.

Byrne and Republican candidate and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville were at Fort Whiting at noon for the Veterans Day luncheon. The Mobile Area Veterans Day Committee is hosting the annual luncheon.

Tuberville says he welcomes the competition.

“The more the better I guess, I’m in a different lane than these other guys. The rest of them are career politicians, and you know they’re with the establishment,  I’m an outsider. I’ve got a voice for the people from Alabama. I’m not a special interest guy. A vote for me is a vote for Donald Trump,” said Tuberville.

Sessions joined the race at the last minute before the November 8th deadline. Eight Republicans are now in the race.

The two we spoke with in Mobile Monday both put their support behind the President.

“I just really liked the encouragement he gave me personally on Saturday. The last thing he said to me before he left, he turned to me and said ‘go get em’ and I told him I would,” said Byrne, referencing a conversation he had while sitting with President Trump in a box at the Alabama-LSU game Saturday.

“He needs help. He’s got a few people on his side. He’s not a swamp guy, he’s an outsider like me. He needs people who will go up there and take that stick out of his hand for the next four years and give him a baseball bat. I’m embarrassed what this country’s done to him, Democrat and Republican,” said Tuberville.

Stanley Adair, John Merrill, Arnold Mooney, Roy Moore, and Ruth Page Nelson round out the other Republican candidates for the Senate seat.

Democrat Doug Jones is the incumbent fighting to retain control of the seat.


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