Sessions stresses Trump loyalty in Ala. Senate race, even though president called him 'biggest mistake'

The former attorney general is part of a crowded field competing in the March 3 GOP primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.

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Jeff Sessions is emphasizing his loyalty to President Trump's agenda, as he seeks to reclaim the Alabama Senate seat he held before being picked to serve as US attorney general for a president who said Sessions was the “biggest mistake” of his presidency.

The former attorney general is part of a crowded field competing in the March 3 GOP primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Doug Jones.

“I believe he was doing what he felt like was the right thing,” Moseley said.She said she"absolutely" plans to vote for Sessions: “I think his service to this country has been exemplary."But John Lyda, 45, said he plans to vote for Byrne in the primary, citing the congressman's work as a former chancellor of the two-year college system. Lyda said he had questions about Sessions' time as attorney general and “like many Republicans, wish he would have done some things differently."

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In his campaign stops, Sessions praises the president's policies on trade, energy, immigration and foreign policies, and derides Democrats' impeachment investigation.“We are in a big battle for the heart and soul of this country," Sessions said.

“Like President Trump, I believe they want us to defend America's trading interests. I believe they want us to end the lawlessness at the border. ... I believe they want us to be more cautious about deploying our soldiers abroad for long term interventions," Sessions said of Americans.

Trump, who last year called appointing Sessions the “biggest mistake” of his presidency, has said little about the Alabama primary."I saw he said very nice things about me last night, but we'll have to see. I haven't made a determination,” Trump said of Sessions in November, when asked if he would intervene in the race.

Trump on Thursday tweeted, “I LOVE ALABAMA!" along with a poll from early December of the Republican front-runners that showed Sessions narrowly leading the field over Tuberville. The Sessions campaign has contended their lead is significantly larger. Byrne was among the Alabama congressional delegation who were Trump's guests when he attended a University of Alabama football game.

Sessions said he doesn't get asked that much about the recusal on the campaign of trail. At a lunch speech to the Opelika Rotary Club, audience members lobbed questions about the national debt and education instead of Trump.Bill Armistead, a former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, said Sessions has a long history with Alabama voters before Trump's criticism, noting Sessions didn't even draw a challenger in his last election in 2014.

“He's got good name recognition. He's served as a great United States senator for us, but then you have the Trump factor," Armistead said.Wearing a Trump-Pence ’20 hat and a Vietnam veteran jacket, retired electrical lineman Winston Sides described himself as a “true Trumpster” after listening to other Senate candidates at a forum in Wetumpka. Sides said he has no problem with Sessions' decision to recuse himself but remains undecided if he’ll vote for him this time.

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“Jeff Sessions, really, did he do anything wrong? No. ... But is it going to hurt Jeff? Yes,” Sides said.Sides said he voted for Sessions in the past but wants to look at other candidates, including Tuberville, before deciding this time.He said he might vote for Sessions again, or “it may be time for new blood."

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Head on a pike? Does this leprechaun have Botox in his face, is it still bloated from trumps foot to his azz that came out thru his mouth? Lil’Jeff now says Alabama Democrats are scared of him😂😂 a mockery of the system, anything for a do nothing seat to make a lot of money outta nothing realDonaldTrump’s defense was so fatal to Democrats ImpeachmentHoax that FakeNews can’t replay a single minute of it w/ out complete obliteration of their hoax so guess what? they refuse to replay any of it & distract w/ drivel stupidity

Good luck comrade Not qualified! Regurgitated opossum. If I were Alabama's voter I wouldn't trust him. Republicans don't need another Mitt. Do not elect sessions, or as trump calls him Mr. mcgoo. Don’t any of these people have and ounce of self respect- Cruz, Rubio I’m calling you all out He'd do better emphasizing his loyalty to our country. Oh yeah, he has no loyalty to our country.

Persistent weasel. Go back under the haystack from where you came. Have y’all no shame? By refusing witnesses and documents, any acquittal will have little value other than PROVING the complicity of the GOP in election tampering and collusion with a foreign entity to do it. CBSNews nytimes ABC politico Politics_PR washingtonpost CNN AC360

😜😁🤣👍keep the loyalty All these GOP leaders are on there knees in front of POTUS while he pulls up his zip..... Says one sexual preditor to another. Unfortunately he's running in Alabama where there 48th in education, curious why people vote against their best interest. Forgot it's Alabama And despite trump's constant derision, Sessions will be groveling at trump's feet begging for trump's endorsement. Just like Ted Cruz did. Republican Senators are like castrated invertebrates - no spine or balls.

I thought he had an unsuccessful turnip truck business? Trump hates you Sessions Good grief. Trump must be good in bed or someone has some serious pics. That Keebler elf. He has no pride. How the hell old is this dude? This guy is a fucking snake. should every candidate running for something not be examined if they're mentally stabil?

Was he wearing his pointy white hood when he said it? The people should say NO as this is all about SELF when we elect officials to be SELFLESS and care about the community and country! CRAVEN IS AS CRAVEN DOES. This kind of fear of Trump is sickening. Sessions is a walking turd he's perfect for gop Senate

That's because Trump's agenda is actually working! No mater how much YOU HACKS in the MSM say it is not! Too bad you take your talking points from the DNC ! Alabama can do better start voting democrat No more pity for Mr Magoo! REVOLUTION OF DIGNITY is what we need here in U.S.A., Otherwise: It's about corrupting the U.S.A. Constitution. It's about corrupting OUR Constitution. It's about the corruptions of our own Democracy

Is that Granny from The Beverly Hillbillies? Awww nice attempt at mud slinging with a side of smear. How much did the DNC pay for this article? Dude, that dog is done for. Let it lie. Epstein And Trump: The Cover Up And The Child Rape ... It's rather pathetic. I can't imagine being dragged by some dude who hired me and then telling everybody about how great the guy is afterwards. wuss

Alabama doesn’t like men who don’t stand up for themselves That nose is so far up his ass Golem comes crawling back

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