Senator-Elect Doug Jones: 'Don't Expect Me to Vote Solidly for Republicans or Democrats'

By Susan Jones | December 18, 2017 | 5:39am EST
Senator-elect Doug Jones (D-Ala.) (Photo: Screen grab/CNN's "State of the Union")

( - Striking a middle-of-the-road position in his first round of Sunday talk show interviews, Alabama Senator-Elect Doug Jones, a Democrat, said he would consider voting with Republicans on some issues:

Jake Tapper, host of CNN's "State of the Union," noted that Alabama is a "deeply red state" that turned out for Donald Trump in 2016: "Your reelection is just in three years,” Tapper told Jones. “In order to truly represent your state, do you need to consider voting with Republicans on some issues?"

"Of course I do," Jones replied:

I mean, look, Jake, one of the problems in American politics right now, in my opinion, is that everybody thinks, because you're a member of one party or another, you're going to vote a certain way.

And that should not be the case. It shouldn't ever be the case. I'm going to talk to people on both sides of the aisle, try to figure out what I think is in the best interests of my state and in the country.

Now, don't expect me to vote solidly for Republicans or Democrats. I came up with Senator Howell Heflin from Alabama many years ago. He did -- always to do the things that he thought was in the best interests of his constituents, which is in the state of Alabama.

And I don't think anybody should depend on, be able to count on my vote for anything. They have got to make sure that I'm looking at it, studying it. I'm going to study all sides.

Asked if there is an issue where Jones might vote with Republicans, he said he would take a close look at an infrastructure bill.

Jones also sided with the Trump White House on the question of sexual harassment.

When Tapper asked Jones if President Trump should resign, given the "horrific" allegations against him, Jones said no:

“You know, Jake, where I am on that right now is that those allegations were made before the election, and so people had an opportunity to judge before that election.

“I think we need to move on and not get distracted by those issues. Let's get on with the real issues that are facing people of this country right now, and I don't think that the president ought to resign at this point. We will see how things go,” Jones said.

“But, certainly, those allegations are not new, and he was elected with those allegations at front and center.”

One week ago, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said much the same thing when reporters asked her about the allegations made against Donald Trump before he was president:

“The people of this country, at a decisive election, supported President Trump, and we feel like these allegations have been answered through that process,” she said.

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