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Doug Jones appeals to voters’ distaste for ‘political football’

Doug Jones is making his rounds in the Rocket City. He addressed a crowd at a church for a town meeting Tuesday night.
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Doug Jones is making his rounds in the Rocket City. He addressed a crowd at a church for a town meeting Tuesday night.

Jones took questions from the people he’s hoping will carry him to that Senate seat. From tax code to Alzheimer’s research, he appealed to the Democrats in the audience and spoke against what he calls the “political football.”

It’s what a lot of people wanted to hear.

“What issues are most important to you in this election?” asked WZDX News reporter Renata Di Gregorio.

“Sanity!” replied Joan Williams.

Roy Moore was invited to the town hall meeting. Many say they aren’t surprised he didn’t come. 

Earlier in the day President Trump defended him, repeating that Moore denies the multiple sexual assault allegations against him. He took a jab at Jones, calling the former attorney “weak on crime.”

“My record speaks for itself,” Jones told reporters Tuesday. “I know my record on crime and criminal justice issues.”

But there’s apparently less energy behind the argument of who’s tougher on crime and more behind the plea for “sanity” in the country and in Congress.

“Hate speech and the denigration of minorities is really prevalent in our society right now,” said Andrea Soule. “From the little bitty dog whistles that you can hear to just out-and-out violence.”

“What I wanna see is people reaching across the aisle and trying to find a common ground,” Jones told the crowd.

Many are vying for Jones because they want Congress to work together, but many support Moore for the same reason.

Jones and Moore are nearly neck-in-neck in the polls. Several just released Tuesday show Moore in the lead by single digits.