Former U.S. attorney-general Jeff Sessions enters Senate race in Alabama

Former U.S. attorney-general Jeff Sessions enters Senate race in Alabama”

While Sessions has been beloved in Alabama - his last Senate campaign in 2014 was unopposed - Trump commands higher approval ratings there than just about any other state.

"I was the first to support President Trump". Did I go on CNN and attack the President? No. No, ' Sessions said in a statement announcing his candidacy.

"When I left President Trump's cabinet, did I write a tell-all book, no", Sessions said in a brief video posted on his website.

Sessions argued that it would have been "dishonorable" to do so, adding that he fully backs the president despite being ousted in the administration following escalating tensions between the two throughout Sessions' tenure leading the Justice Department.

The senate seat is now held by Democrat Doug Jones, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent senators in the 2020 election.

The 72-year-old Sessions was a popular figure in Alabama during 20 years as senator.

'When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me.

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Sessions' entry into the race would put Trump in a position of having to endorse him or some other Republican.

By the time Sessions announced his run Thursday, multiple negative ads disparaging the former senator were online. Sessions lavishes compliments on the president in his announcement, claiming to be his "strongest advocate".

Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said he would support Sessions.

And I'll tell you why.

Given that Alabama's filing deadline is on Friday, the long-time politician is certainly cutting it close in a field that is already filled with Republican primary candidates such as Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, and state Rep. Arnold Mooney, NPR reports.

"He is a man of great integrity and that is something we are lacking in government", Horn said. "I know it would be the best thing for the citizens of Alabama", Horn said of Sessions returning to the Senate. "But painful and prolonged as it was, it did clear him of Russian collusion, and I'm certainly glad that that finally happened".

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