Republican Officials and Conservative Commentators Defend Roy Moore

 In U.S.
Updated on November 11, 2017.

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, facing allegations that he had a sexual encounter with an underage girl nearly 40 years ago, denied any impropriety in an interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity on Friday. But his responses to Hannity’s queries are likely to deepen the still-developing scandal—they’ve already led to two Senate Republicans withdrawing their endorsements.

In the afternoon interview, Hannity asked Moore whether he had “dated” girls as young as 17 years old, the age one of the women cited in a recent Washington Post article said she was when she went out with him. In response, Moore stopped short of unequivocal denial, saying only that he could not recall having done so.

“Would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17, that would be what, a 15-year difference, or a girl 18—do you remember dating girls that young at that time?” Hannity asked. “Not generally no,” Moore replied, adding that “if I did, I’m not going to dispute anything, but I don’t remember anything like that.”

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