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After graduating from Etowah High School in 1965, Roy Moore attended West Point and served in Vietnam in the Army Police Corps. After Moore’s Army service concluded, Moore received his law degree from the University of Alabama Law School. In his legal career, Moore has served as a Deputy District Attorney, District Court Judge and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. After serving in those various positions, Moore was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate special election in 2017, the seat he is currently running for again.
After the 2017 Special Election, Judge Moore knows first hand how grueling and stressful a campaign can be on a candidate and their family, what issue or issues are so important that Judge Moore would want to put his family through that stress again?
“Illegals are swarming our borders and leeching off of taxpayer dollars, which is challenging the very fabric of our national identity. Obamacare has wrecked our healthcare system and forced premiums for working Americans to skyrocket. The Democratic Party has reached a new kind of crazy with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes and Ilhan Omar leading the pack. Politicians who think about their own comfort and ease have brought us to this place as a nation. I was taught at West Point to follow duty even if it cost me personally. Duty to my country took me to the jungles of Vietnam and that is what will guide me in Washington D.C. My family understands what’s at stake in America and we’re in this together.”
Many conservatives, since President Trump has been elected, believe that federal courts in the West and the Northeast have overused the Nationwide injunction tool available to federal judges to thwart President Trump’s agenda. Does Judge Moore believe this? And if so, would judge Moore support legislation in Congress to curtail or eliminate this tool?
“Federal judicial overreach is not a new constitutional travesty. Whenever the Democrats’ radical agenda fails at the ballot box or in Congress, they activate the judiciary. When it comes to guarding our border and protecting our national security and honor, it is no surprise that the Left defaults to imposing unconstitutional nationwide injunctions through the courts to favor illegals over hardworking Americans. As your Senator, I will work with President Trump to nominate judges who will keep their oath to the Constitution of the United States and I will work with Congress to reign in the Judiciary, restore the integrity of the democratic process, and allow the Judiciary to do its job – uphold the rule of law in this country.”
There has been some talk in Congress for several years now of splitting the ninth circuit court of appeals, which is the largest circuit in the country into two separate circuits. If elected to the Senate would Judge Moore support this legislation? If so why does he feel like this is necessary?
“America would be much better off dissolving the usually rogue Ninth Circuit, but I would certainly consider legislation to divide it in two. It’s the largest in the country and the backlog is embarrassing to the Judiciary’s ability to deliver justice in a timely matter. The Ninth Circuit spans over forty percent of our nation’s landmass, covers twenty percent of the population, and hears more than 11,000 appeals every year, which is almost triple the caseload of the national average. Even a Bill Clinton appointee, Judge Richard Tallman, told the U.S. Senate that a brief in a pending appeal is ‘frequently years old and contains stale case law, by the time we can get to it.'”
There has been some talk by activists, and presidential candidates, of increasing the number of justices on the United States Supreme Court. What is Judge Moore’s opinion about adding more justices to the United States Supreme Court?
“Absolutely not. It’s unnecessary.”
Judge Moore’s religious beliefs and moral convictions are well known, and it is well-known that they are the foundation of his political philosophy. Many of Judge Moore’s opponents accuse him of not following Jesus’s command in the Bible to ‘show love and compassion.’ Does Judge Moore believe that this is a fair criticism of why or why not?
“It’s mind-boggling to me how the very same people crying ‘love and compassion’ spew the nastiest hate, vitriol, and threats at me and my family. I believe that people can strongly disagree, hold deep convictions, acknowledge the rule of law in America, and still love and respect each other as individuals. That’s how I try to live my entire life; I wish my detractors would try it sometime.”