Sessions announces bid for U.S. Senate run, pledges support to Trump
Nov 10 2019
But it's already clear that President Donald Trump's enmity toward him, along with an established field of competitors, means he'll have to battle his way to the Republican nomination.
Sessions served 20 years in the Senate before leaving in 2017 to serve as the attorney general, only to be fired two years later, a day after the 2018 midterms. But here's the important part: "the President is doing great work for America".
Sessions made the announcement on Tucker Carlson's show Thursday night on Fox News, telling Carlson that he would file to paperwork Friday morning.
Jones is the Senate Democrat most seen at risk of losing in 2020.
Sessions was confirmed as attorney general on a 52-47 vote, after testifying that he wasn't aware of contacts between members of the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials. He stepped down from the Senate in 2017 to serve as attorney general under President Trump. So he's very well-known in Alabama and popular - or he was before his fallout with President Trump.
U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, the first Republican to announce a run for the Senate seat, played up his loyalty to Trump when asked about Sessions' plans to enter the race.
"When President Trump took on Washington, only one Senator out of a hundred had the courage to stand with him: me. No", Sessions says in the video. Jones beat Roy Moore in a special election to complete Sessions' term and is now seeking a full term.
But David Hughes, a political scientist at Auburn University at Montgomery, said there is no reason to think Sessions wouldn't immediately be a front-runner.
ELLIOTT: Well, the rumor mill has been active for weeks here in Alabama and there in D.C. And Alabama's other senator, Richard Shelby, has talked about how he would welcome Sessions back into the chamber. "I believe he'll be a formidable candidate".
Jones has already run social media fundraising ads, with a photo of Sessions next to McConnell with the caption, "Too extreme".
"As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs".
In Alabama, midterm voters gave mixed assessments of their former senator.
Ken Brown, a retired Air Force colonel from Cullman County, has supported Sessions in the past, but won't this time. "For America and Alabama, and he has my strong support".
But Brenda Horn, an accountant and Brown's sister-in-law, said Sessions will get her vote, because "he was and will be a wonderful senator".