Nov 14, 2017

Carson backs away from support for Moore

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Raphael Williams, a spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, provided Axios with this statement in response to questions about Ben Carson's past support for Roy Moore: "The Secretary believes any man that assaults any woman is unfit for public office."

Carson was the only member of President Trump's cabinet to voice support for Moore during the Alabama Republican primary. Trump endorsed Luther Strange, Moore's opponent.

Carson's September statement:

"Judge Moore is a fine man of proven character and integrity, who I have come to respect over the years," Carson said. "He is truly someone who reflects the Judeo-Christian values that were so important to the establishment of our country."

"It is these values that we must return to make America great again," the statement continued. " I wish him well and hope everyone will make sure they vote on Tuesday."

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