Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio, said Roy Moore, the controversial Alabama Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, should “step aside” in the wake of a report that he allegedly initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s.
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“The party ought not to be for this,” Kasich told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz in an interview Friday airing Sunday. “He should step aside.”
Moore has vehemently denied the allegations made in a Washington Post report Thursday by four women, including the one who accused Moore of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 in the late 1970s. The three other women allege in the story that Moore pursued them when they were between 16 and 18 years old and he was in his 30s.
“This article is a prime example of fake news, an attempt to divert attention from the true issues which affect our country, like health care, military readiness, tax reform, immigration, and national debt,” Moore said at an event Saturday in Alabama. “We do not intend to let the Democrats or the established Republicans or anybody else behind this story stop this campaign.”
Kasich said on “This Week” that although Moore has the right to defend himself against the allegations, he should withdraw from the Senate race.
“It’s just really a matter as to whether he ought to be the candidate, the standard bearer of the Republican Party, and I just think he shouldn’t be,” Kasich said. “He can continue to defend himself, but I think, at the end, the party ought not to be for this.”
Kasich dismissed the the Moore campaign’s assertion that the allegations are politically motivated.
“This is not about Obama or left wing. I just don’t believe that it is, and I’m saddened by it. I’m the father of two twin daughters, and I just think it’s inappropriate, and I would just,…