Doug Jones gets challenger in Alabama Senate race

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneGOP lawmakers call for provisions barring DOD funds for border wall to be dropped GOP Senate candidate 'pissed off' at Trump over health care for veterans House GOP fears retirement wave will lead to tsunami MORE (R-Ala.) announced Wednesday that he is launching a bid to challenge Alabama Sen. Doug Jones (D) for his Senate seat in 2020.

Byrne said in a statement that he's running to "defend the values important to Alabama" and to "fight with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty MORE" on several issues.

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"We need a Senator who will fight with President Trump to defend the Constitution, build the wall, stand up for the unborn, push for lower taxes, make health care more affordable, and protect the Second Amendment," Byrne said in the statement. 

Byrne's announcement comes months after he said last year that he was considering a challenge to Jones.

Jones was elected to the Senate in a special election in December 2017, defeating Republican Roy Moore. Jones's victory followed news reports that Moore had pursued relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s.

Jones is up for reelection in 2020, when Alabama voters will decide whether to keep him in office for a full six-year term.

Byrne, in an interview with The Hill last June, called Jones a "great guy" and a "terrific lawyer," but added that he believed Alabama needed a senator who would vote differently.

“We need somebody who’s going to go win that election and then get in that position over there and represent Alabama," he said at the time.