Jones discusses Moore controversy, abortion

Updated: Nov. 16, 2017 at 6:38 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - Doug Jones, Alabama's Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, spoke briefly with members of the media Thursday evening in Birmingham.

"We're staying in our lanes," Jones said of his campaign, saying he wants to focus on the issues important to Alabama.

Jones was asked about the growing controversy surrounding his opponent, Roy Moore, and whether it's changing how he runs his own campaign.

"It seems to me, like so many Republicans, so many people across the country that have read what he said and done over the last few days, that the allegations of those women in Etowah County are much more credible than the denials that he has made or his handlers made."

Jones added, "we're going to let the people of Alabama decide what they think about it on Dec. 12."

"As far as we're concerned, our race is going to be about the issues in Alabama," Jones said. "Roy Moore still has not addressed the issues that face everyday Alabamans like healthcare and education and jobs...we're going to continue to talk about it."

Jones pushed back on claims he supports late-term abortions, a rallying cry for many conservatives.

"I've heard that for a long time, which is absolutely not the case," Jones said. He added he does support a woman's right to choose "in consultation with her faith, her physician, her family, but at the end of the day that should be her decision."

Jones said he supports late-term abortion procedures for medical necessity.

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