>> Tell all of you I just wanna again, say I am sorry.>> The wave of sexual misconduct allegations leveled against US politicians in recent weeks has set the stage for a 2018 election cycle dominated by questions of personal conduct. White House Reporter, Jim Olyphant, is following the story.
>> I had operatives tell me in the reporting of this story that the most important thing now is for a candidate to basically go back through their own personal history and think about conduct or events that, maybe at the time, they thought was a little more benign but now would be very much frowned upon.
And to avoid the kind of last minute revelation that can sink a campaign.>> While sex scandals have long been a part of US politics, the accusations against Senator Al Franken, Senate candidate Roy Moore and Congressman Jon Conyers among others has become part of a national reckoning over the predatory behaviour of powerful men complicating the planning for 2018.
While national officers for the Democrats and Republicans still recruit candidates for Congress, they often rely on local officials to screen them opening the door to potential campaign bombshells.>> They certainly don't have the capacity and the resources to do that kind of research. That's left to the media, or that's left to the opposition campaigns.
So in a lot of these situations, party leaders are as blindsided as anybody else when it comes to these allegations.>> Election history shows bad behavior is not an automatic disqualifier, especially if the candidate comes clean. But next month's US Senate race at Alabama could be the real bellwether for 2018.
Republican candidate, Roy Moore has denied the allegation of sexual misconduct with teenage girls while serving as an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Moore and Democratic rival, Doug Jones face the voters in Alabama on December 12th.