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If Roy Moore wins Alabama special election, should Senate expel him?

Screenshot from CBS Denver's YouTube video: Sen. Gardner: If Moore Wins, Senate Should Expel Him
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One of the most frustrating situations for Republicans these days is how to handle Senate candidate Roy Moore. Moore, who is running for Senate in Alabama, has been accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct with them when they were minors. Moore has denied the accusations and is refusing to withdraw from the race. This places Republicans in the difficult situation of either backing a man who is facing some very serious charges or risking the loss of a critical seat in the Senate, where they have a very slim majority and are already having problems getting their agenda passed.

Senator Cory Gardner, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, in a surprise move, issued a press release from the NRSC that said, “I believe the individuals speaking out against Roy Moore spoke with courage and truth, proving he is unfit to serve in the United States Senate and he should not run for office. If he refuses to withdraw and wins, the Senate should vote to expel him, because he does not meet the ethical and moral requirements of the United States Senate.” – NRSC Chairman Cory Gardner. This stance raises an interesting question: If Moore wins, should the Senate expel him?

Those who feel Moore should be expelled from the Senate, if he wins, believe he is not fit to serve. This is a man, in their view, who is nothing more than a child molester. They believe, if he serves any time, it should be for a prison sentence, not a Senate term. They feel, for the good of the country, the Republicans need to put party aside and remove him from the Senate. Many feel the Republicans have no choice but to expel him because, if they don’t, then they will destroy whatever credibility they had as the party of family values and law and order.

People who are against expelling Moore from the Senate argue that if the Senate did that, it would be borderline criminal. They argue that Moore has not been charged with any wrong doing; he has merely been accused. They further contend that the Senate would be ignoring the will of the people if they expelled him with no charges having been brought against him, and they would be ignoring the rule: innocent until proven guilty.

CBS Denver covering Sen. Cory Gardner stance on Roy Moore:

The Issue

If Moore wins, should he be expelled from the Senate? Would this be a move to protect the integrity of the Senate? Or, would they be punishing a man for something that has yet to be proven to have happened?

Yes, Roy Moore should be expelled

Those who feel he should be expelled say that Moore is unfit to serve. They feel that he should be going to jail, not to Washington. In their eyes, he is a sexual predator and must not be allowed in the Senate.

No, Roy Moore should not be expelled

People who don’t want him expelled say he has not been charged with anything. They feel that if the Senate did that, they would be ignoring who the people of Alabama want representing them.

Do you think, if Roy Moore wins the Alabama special election, he should be expelled from the Senate?

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