Moore targets 'liberal elites,' 'Republican establishment' in new ad

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Monday released a new television ad aimed at discrediting the recent allegations against him as a "scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment" to keep him out of the Senate.

The new spot comes just more than two weeks before Alabamians vote in the special Senate election between Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, whose candidacy has gained new life following allegations that Moore had inappropriate sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl decades ago while he was in his 30s.

Another woman subsequently accused Moore of sexually assaulting her while she was a teenager during the same time period. 

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The advertisement's message aligns with one of the campaign's main attacks on the timing of the accusations.

"Five state campaigns, 40 years of honorable service. Roy Moore has been intensely scrutinized, and not a hint of scandal," the ad's narrator says, as pictures of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump keeps up attacks on 'horrible' McCain, despite calls from GOP, veterans Rock the Vote President says Dem reform bill 'shines a light' on dark money The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans MORE (R-Ky.), House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiHouse Dems unveil measure to reject anti-Israel boycotts Freshman Dems to meet with Obama next week The Hill's Morning Report - Trump's intraparty feuds divide Republicans MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis Schumer4 in 5 Americans say they support net neutrality: poll GOP senator: Trump's criticism of McCain 'deplorable' Schumer to introduce bill naming Senate office building after McCain amid Trump uproar MORE (D-N.Y.) appear on the screen.

"But four weeks before the election, false allegations — a scheme by liberal elites and the Republican establishment to protect their big government trough."

The ad also echoes President Trump's recent message in support of Moore but did not specifically mention the president.

Trump gave the campaign a shot in the arm this weekend with a supportive tweet despite mounting calls from Washington Republicans for him to step aside. He framed the race as a binary between the conservative Moore and the liberal Jones.

 

"But we know a vote for Roy Moore means conservative judges, tax cuts, and rebuilding the military. Roy Moore — the right choice," the narrator says to close the ad.

Moore and Jones will face off on Dec. 12 for Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsJeff Sessions returns to Justice Department to retrieve Cabinet chair Rosenstein still working at DOJ despite plans to leave in mid-March Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump MORE's former seat.