GOP strategist Stuart Stevens said Thursday that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore would have "had a date with a baseball bat" if he had tried dating teenage girls in his hometown.

"I grew up in Mississippi. Every father I knew, if he saw a guy like Roy Moore in his 30s trying to date his 16-year-old daughter, he would have had a date with a baseball bat," Stevens, a former aide to Mitt Romney's campaign, said on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360."

Stevens, who worked on former Alabama Gov. Bob Riley's (R) primary campaign against Moore in 2006, said Moore has violated the "decency standard" of civil society in his previous alleged pursuit of teenage girls.


The Republican strategist also took issue with Moore's reputation of being a political outsider, calling him a "professional politician" and pointing to his long career of serving in public office. 

Moore, who is accused of pursuing multiple teenage girls when he was a deputy district attorney in the 1970s, previously served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. 

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