Latest to Call for Moore to Exit Race: Paul Ryan

As pastors distance themselves from letter Moore's wife posted
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2017 11:25 AM CST

(Newser) – A day after the Senate majority leader called for Republican Roy Moore to exit the Senate race in Alabama, the House speaker is doing the same. "He should step aside," Paul Ryan told CNN Tuesday. "Number one, these allegations are credible. Number two, if he cares about the values that he claims to care about, then he should step aside." More than two dozen Republican senators have now called for Moore to leave the race, and some have said that if he doesn't and he ends up elected, a vote should be held to expel him from the Senate. Also Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he has "no reason to doubt" the women accusing Moore of sexual assault or harassment when the women were teens and Moore was in his 30s, the Washington Post reports.

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Meanwhile, more pastors are pushing back against a letter of support for Moore that his wife, Kayla, posted on Facebook Sunday. The letter, which calls Moore "a warrior for the unborn child, defender of the sanctity of marriage, and a champion for religious liberty," was signed by more than 50 Alabama pastors—but its origin appears to be from before the GOP primary, AL.com reports, pointing out its similarity to a letter that appears on Moore's campaign website that's nearly identical except it references the August primary. So far, three pastors whose names appear on the letter have asked for them to be removed. (Read more Roy Moore stories.)

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