Transcript for GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore under fire
begin with the senate candidate from Alabama answering questions B about being accused of initiating a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old. Roy Moore known as the ten commandments judge, a defender of strict conservative values defending himself. Tonight he is asked about teenagers and did he date girls that young so many years ago. How he answers. ABC's Tom llamas leading us off. He built his political career as a crusader for morality. Of right and wrong. Crime corruption, immorality. Sexual perversion sweep our land. Reporter: Roy Moore speaking out against claims he himself was a sexual predator. These allegations are completely false and misleading. Reporter: The Republican senate candidate from Alabama is accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl when he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. Leigh Corfman telling "The Washington post" Moore took her to his home, took off her shirt and pants and touched her over her bra and underpants and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear. Today Moore denied it all. I don't know Ms. Corfman from anybody. I never talked to her. Never had any contact with her. Allegation of sexual misconduct with her are completely false. I believe they're politically motivated. Reporter: There are other parts of "The Washington post" article Moore did not explicitly deny. The accounts of three other women who they say he asked them Outen or dated them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his 30s. Moore says he does not remember. Would it be unusual for you as a 32-year-old guy to have dated a woman as young as 17? That would be a what, 15-year difference for a girl 18. Do you remember dating girls that young at that time? Not generally, no. If I did, you know, I'm not going to dispute anything but I don't remember anything like that. Reporter: He added this. I don't remember ever dating any girl without the permission of her mother. Reporter: Saying he's not going to drop out of the race. Senate Republicans most calling on him not to drop out just yet. If the allegations are true there's no way he should run for or serve in the United States senate. Reporter: A theme echoed by the white house. The president believes we do not allow a mere allegation in this case one from many years ago to destroy a person's life. However, the president also believes if these allegations are true, judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside. Reporter: Mitt Romney says he's heard enough tweeting I believe Leigh Corfman, her account is too serious to ignore. Moore is unfit for office and should step aside. In Alabama some of Moore's supporters even defending the alleged behavior. Alabama state auditor saying take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. At Pruitt's restaurant we found Republican voters divided as well. Anything they can do to take a Republican out right now they'll do it. If they are true would thaw change your vote? Absolutely. Absolutely. I don't know it would ever change voting for Democrat but change me a vote for him. I don't know what I'm going to do. If he really did this, I wouldn't vote for him.d but I'm going to wait and see what happens here and I think they should get the lie detecter test out and find out what's going on. Tom llamas is with us live tonight. Late this evening several Republican senators are withdrawing their endorsements of Roy Moore? Reporter: David, this just in. Senator Mike Lee of Utah having read the detailed descriptions of the incidents as well as the response from judge Moore and his campaign, I can no longer endorse his candidacy for U.S. Senate. We have learned the fundraising arm of senate Republicans has pulled out of an agreement with the Moore campaign and tonight "The New York Times" reporting Republicans are pressuring the governor here in Alabama to move the election date so they have time to get Moore out of the
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