On Monday evening, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement concerning the allegations of sexual harassment that have been made against Judge Roy Moore, the GOP nominee for Senate in Alabama. Cruz said:
One of two things should happen: If these allegations are true, Judge Moore should drop out now. Today. The people of Alabama deserve to have the option of voting for a strong conservative who has not committed criminal conduct. Or two, if these allegations are not true, then Judge Moore needs to come forward with a strong, persuasive rebuttal demonstrating that they are untrue.
Cruz was asked if he would withdraw his endorsement of Moore, prompting him to reply:
I am not able to urge the people of Alabama to support his candidacy so long as these allegations remain unrefuted. Both last week and this week, there are serious charges of criminal conduct that if true, not only make him unfit to serve in the Senate but merit criminal prosecution. Judge Moore, like any American, is entitled to present a defense. He's entitled to put forth the facts demonstrating that the charges are not true, but as it stands, I can't urge the people of Alabama to support a campaign in the face of these charges without serious, persuasive demonstration that the charges are not true.
Cruz was joined by fellow Texas Senator John Cornyn, who added, "I believe the accusations against Roy Moore are disturbing and, if true, disqualifying. The most appropriate course of action, in my view, is to leave the final judgment in the hands of Alabama voters — where it has always belonged — and withdraw my endorsement."
Before the statements from the two Texas senators, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Moore should "step aside." Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), chairman of the Senate Republican campaign arm, said Moore was "unfit" to serve in the U.S. Senate, adding that if he is elected, the chamber should expel him.