Jeff Sessions has responded to President Donald Trumps endorsement of his former attorney generals Republican opponent in a runoff for the partys U.S. Senate nomination in Alabama, saying he intends to bring his case “directly to the people.”
Sessions and Tommy Tuberville, a former college football coach, advanced to a Republican primary runoff after Tuberville received 33.4 percent of the vote to Sessionss 31.6 percent on March 3, according to Ballotpedia. On March 11, Sessions responded on Twitter to the presidents endorsement of Tuberville, arguing that he supports the same values as Trump does.
“Of course, President Trump can endorse anyone he chooses for the U.S. Senate election in Alabama,” Sessions said. “But the Constitution expressly empowers the people of Alabama, and only them, to select their Senator. I intend to take my case directly to the people of Alabama.”
Sessions will face Tuberville in the runoff election on March 31 to become the GOP nominee to challenge incumbent Doug Jones, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. More than 50 percent of the vote is needed to win the primary outright.
Sessions said that even before Trump ran for the White House, he “fought for the principles that Donald Trump so effectively advocated in the campaign and has advanced as President.”
“I believed in those principles then, I have always fought for them, and I will continue to do so,” he added.
In a March 10 Twitter post endorsing Tuberville, Trump called him a “terrific head football coach at Auburn University” and a “REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down.”
“Tommy will protect your Second Amendment (which is under siege), is strong on Crime and the Border, and truly LOVES our Military and our Vets,” Trump added. “He will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama. Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!”