Doug Jones, Roy Moore: Where they stand on pivotal issues

Doug Jones, Roy Moore: Where they stand on pivotal issues

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - On Tuesday Alabama voters will have a choice between the Republican candidate Roy Moore, and the Democrat Doug Jones.

There are many things which divide the two candidates, going beyond party lines.

Below are some of them.


JONES: "They want something that works, they know that the healthcare system needs fixing. Healthcare costs are too high, insurance premiums are too high," Jones said. "We need to get the stakeholders in, we need doctors, we need insurance companies, we need pharmaceuticals to come to the table and let's talk and have questions asked of them. What's working and what's not working?"

Jones is not for a full repeal of the Affordable care act (also known as Obamacare), but he wants to hold hearings with interested parties to figure out what to fix. He supports finding funding for CHIPS.

MOORE: Supports a complete repeal of Obamacare. Moore supports providing tax credits for businesses for employee health care coverage. Moore also supports health insurance being open between the states for open competition. Moore's website said socialized medicine will lead to a loss in quality and affordability of healthcare.


JONES: Supports lowering the corporate tax to help businesses, something which Jones said would help bring business to the state. He does not support a tax plan which he believes would give tax cuts to the wealthy. Jones also supports making the minimum wage a "living wage." He argues no one should need to work three or four jobs to make a living.

MOORE: Believes in a reduction in taxes at "all levels." Supports the study and implementation of the "fair tax" also known as the "flat tax" which are taxes based on consumption, not on income.


JONES: "I believe the law that has been on the books for decades is one that I support. That gives women the freedom to choose what happens to her own body," Jones said. He calls the decision "deeply personal," and one which should be left to the woman.

MOORE: Opposes abortion in "any form" and supports the federal defunding of Planned Parenthood. Moore said he would work to overturn Roe Vs Wade.


Moore and Jones also disagree on other issues as well. Moore said in an interview on "THE V" Sunday that he did not know an issue where the two candidates did agree on.

Moore supports building a wall on the United States southern border with Mexico, Jones does not.

More of where the candidates stand on the issues can be found on their websites:


Roy Moore's campaign has been embroiled in controversy, eight women leveled allegations of sexual misconduct or that Moore sexually pursued them while most were under the age of 18. One woman, Beverly Young Nelson accuses Moore of sexual assault when she was 16.

Nelson said after offering her a ride home from work one evening, "Mr. Moore reached over and began groping me, putting his hands over my breasts. I tried to reach over and leave but he reached over and he locked it." Nelson said. "But instead of stopping, he began squeezing my neck and forcing my neck attempting to force my head towards his crotch."

Beverly Nelson presented a yearbook with a signature from Roy Moore as proof of Moore knowing her when she went public with the accusation last month. She said the entire signature was his. However last week, Nelson admitted adding notes to the bottom of the signature, but maintains the inscription, signature, and story are all true.

Another woman, Leigh Corfman, said she went on multiple dates with Moore when she was 14, according to a Washington Post article. On a second visit, she says he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.

Moore denies all allegations of sexual misconduct. He also denies knowing any of the women, and ever dating underage women. However, his answers have changed on the last two points.

On the Friday after the allegations broke Moore went on Sean Hannity's radio show. He was asked by Hannity, "Let me ask you this: you do remember these girls. Would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17? That would be a 15-year difference or a girl 18. Do you remember dating girls that young at that time?"

MOORE: "Not generally, no. If did, you know, I'm not going to dispute anything but I don't remember anything like that."

In the same interview, Moore was asked if he knew any of the women accusing him of sexually pursuing them when they were underage. Moore responded, "I do recognize, however, the names of two of these young ladies, Debbie Wesson and Gloria Thacker, which they have a maiden...that's their maiden name."

Moore has denied ever knowing Leigh Corfman and Beverly Young Nelson. He has also denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Moore maintains the accusations are a political hit job. Moore has pointed the finger at the Washington establishment, mainly Mitch McConnell.

The vote for the Senate election is Tuesday.

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