Updated Nov 8, 2019

Former AG Jeff Sessions announces bid for Alabama Senate seat

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he will challenge Alabama Sen. Doug Jones in 2020 for Sessions' previously held Senate seat.

The big picture: Sessions' launch comes exactly one year to the day after he submitted his resignation at the request of President Trump. Sessions, who held the Senate seat from 1997-2017, is entering a crowded primary, as several Republican candidates vie to turn the Alabama seat red again.

Between the lines: Sessions could lose the primary. He has been warned that Trump, who soured on the attorney general for recusing himself during the Mueller probe, is likely to attack him.

  • On his campaign website, Sessions defended his exit from the administration, stating: "When I left President Trump’s cabinet, did I write a tell all book? No. Did I go on CNN and attack the President? No. Have I said a cross word about President Trump? No."
  • Sessions added: "As everyone knows, President Trump and I have had our ups and downs. But here’s the important part: the President is doing great work for America."

What to watch: Trump is expected to attend the University of Alabama v. Louisiana State University football game in Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

What they're saying:

“Our freedoms have never been under attack like they are today.  We have major party candidates for President campaigning on socialism, confiscating firearms, and closing down churches they disagree with.  I’ve battled these forces my entire life, and I’m not about to surrender now.  Let’s go!”
— Jeff Sessions

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Trump appears with Sessions' Senate rival at Alabama football game

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President Trump was cheered by the crowd Saturday as he attended a collegiate football game in Alabama alongside Rep. Bradley Byrne, who's running against former Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Details: Trump was recently booed by sports fans during two previous high-profile events and CBS reports a Baby Trump protest balloon was "knifed and deflated" at Saturday's U Tigers-Alabama Crimson Tide clash, which LSU won 46-41. But he received a warm reception from fans at the game, per video posted online by users including Byrne.

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Michael Bloomberg files to enter Democratic presidential primary

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Michael Bloomberg officially filed paperwork on Friday to enter the 2020 presidential primary in Alabama, though remains undecided on whether he will ultimately run, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: The billionaire and well-connected moderate could pose a "grave and instantaneous threat" to Joe Biden, who is struggling to fundraise and has faced questions about his sharpness, per the Times.

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