Moore, Strange trade accusations over debate

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Sen. Luther Strange and challenger Roy Moore are in a war of words over a cancelled debate.

The Strange campaign accused Moore of hiding after he withdrew from a debate hosted by conservative think tank, the Alabama Policy Institute.

Moore said he withdrew because API's president also serves as treasurer of a group backing Strange. Moore challenged Strange to meet him in a "Lincoln-Douglas style" debate to present issues without a moderator or press questions.

Strange's camp said it was "embarrassing" that Moore wants no press questions. The Strange campaign proposed a list of journalists who could serve as a moderator: Michael Hart, Jeff “JT” Tyson, Dan Morris, Scott Beason, Bryan Lyman, Scott Chambers, BJ Ellis, Larry Huff, Don Dailey, Cameron Smith, Kim Chandler, Paul Gattis, John Sharp, Terry Lathan, Steve Flowers, Bob Grip, or any anchor at ABC 33/40, NBC 13, or WSFA (networks previously confirmed for the API forum).

Strange suggested the debate be held on the same date, time, and location as the previous debate that Moore canceled, since both candidates previously indicated that date would work.

The two Republicans are competing in the Sept. 26 GOP runoff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' former U.S. Senate seat. The winner will face Democrat Doug Jones.