>> Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday said a fellow Republican currently running for an open Senate seat should quit the race.>> I think he should step aside.>> The candidate, Alabama's Roy Moore. Last week the Washington Post published stories of four women who claim Moore sought romantic and sexual encounters with them while they were teenagers.
One of them said she was just 14 years old at the time. Moore has vehemently denied the accusations, and said they were politically motivated.>> These attacks involve a minor, and they are completely false and untrue, About something that happened nearly 40 years ago.>> Reuters has not independently verified the allegations.
A host of Republican lawmakers were quick to call on Moore to step aside. McConnell is the highest ranking member of the party to join the chorus.>> Is the burden on Moore to prove these false versus someone to prove that these are true in this situation? Or do you believe these allegations to be true?
>> I believe the women, yes.>> McConnell backed Moore's opponent, Luther Strange, in the Alabama Republican primary. In that race, Moore made no secret of his animosity towards the Senate majority leader.>> Mitch McConnell needs to be replaced.>> And on Monday, Moore tweeted that it was Mitch McConnell who should step aside.
And while Republicans in Congress were quick to distance themselves from Moore, many in Conservative and the right wing media rallied to his defense. The far right website Breitbart operated by former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday said it was dispatching two staff to investigate Moore's accusers. The election for the Alabama Senate seat is scheduled for December 12th