President Trump says he doesn't know much about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (right) on Monday. Photos: AP

President Trump says he doesn't know much about Roy Moore, and seemed to unwittingly emphasize the point by twice referring to the Republican front-runner for Senate in Alabama as "Ray" during a radio interview on the "Rick and Bubba Show" ahead of Tuesday's primary, per Politico. Moore is up against incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who Trump has publicly endorsed.

"Luther Strange is going to be a great senator. He loves Alabama, he loves the states and he loves the country," Trump said Monday, according to AL.com. "He will absolutely win against the Democrat. Ray will have a hard time. If Luther wins, the Democrats will hardly fight. If Ray wins, [Democrats] will pour in $30 million."
  • An 0ptimus poll given exclusively to Axios showed Moore leading Strange by 11%, despite 86% of voters knowing Trump endorsed
  • Whoever wins the primary will be up against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 election to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Senate.
  • At a rally for Luther Strange in Huntsville Friday, Trump said despite thinking Moore "has a very good chance of not winning" he will "campaign like hell for him" if he beats Strange.
  • But Trump is still confident Strange will prevail: "I'm 5-0 in these races," he said. "I want to make it 6-0."

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Twenty Republican former U.S. Attorneys on Tuesday endorsed Joe Biden while saying that "President Trump's leadership is a threat to rule of law" in the U.S., the Washington Post reports.

What they're saying: In the letter, the former prosecutors criticize Trump's use of the Department of Justice, saying the president expects the DOJ to "to serve his personal and political interests."

  • "He has politicized the Justice Department, dictating its priorities along political lines and breaking down the barrier that prior administrations had maintained between political and prosecutorial decision-making," the letter says.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told "Axios on HBO" on Monday that he wishes reining in the national debt was a higher priority for President Trump.

Why it matters: Trump pledged during the 2016 campaign to reduce the national debt and eliminate it entirely within eight years, though he also deemed himself "the king of debt" and said there were some priorities that required spending. In the fiscal year that ended in September, the deficit reached a record $3.1 trillion.