Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice to form presidential exploratory committee
March 28th, 2011
09:09 PM ET
12 years ago

Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice to form presidential exploratory committee

Washington (CNN) - Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who garnered attention and lost his job after building a Ten Commandments monument outside Alabama's judicial building, is considering seeking the Republican presidential nomination, his top aide confirmed to CNN.

Moore plans to announce in mid-April that he is setting up a presidential exploratory committee, the aide, Zachery Michael told CNN.

Moore will potentially seek the nomination because "we've seen the same type of politician running for president - the elitist type," Michael said. "What sets him a part is he can connect to all Americans and has an idea of what Americans are going through. We are seeing the same types of people run and we aren't getting anywhere."

Moore is a conservative Christian with a claim to fame for posting the Ten Commandments on the wall of his courtroom. In 2003, he was removed from his chief justice post for not complying with a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from outside Alabama's state courthouse.

According to Michael, Moore has been contemplating the Republican presidential nomination since September, and is already drawing strong support in Iowa from the tea party movement and middle-class evangelicals.

An active member of the tea party movement, Moore received the All-American award from the Central Texas Tea Party in February.

Moore visited Iowa four times last summer, holding rallies against same-sex marriage in the state. Following his April announcement, Moore will travel to the three other key primary states: Nevada, South Carolina, and New Hampshire.

"Moore stands up for his faith in God but also against an over-controlling government," Michael told CNN.

Moore's platforms will focus on repealing the health care overhaul law, lowering taxes with limited government, and eliminating progressive income taxes, Michael said. The Vietnam veteran and West Point graduate opposes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and in the energy sphere believes the U.S. should free itself from foreign oil dependency and explore other sources of fuel.

Moore ran and lost twice in Alabama GOP gubernatorial primaries, in 2006 and 2010.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. LouAZ

    Another religious fanatic "lawyer" that knows NOTHING about the separation of church and State. They're coming out of the woodwork . . . you betcha, Bubba !

    March 28, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  2. Angee

    Please do not run. We need leaders who have brain and know how to use it. We have seen a rule by pea-brainer and that wasn't nice experience.

    March 28, 2011 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  3. smtwnguy

    What another Republican crackpot?? I thought they had all crawled out of the woodwork ,I was obviously mistaken.What a line up Palin,Bachman,Newt,Trump,and now this guy,how you gonna chose? Guess you Republicans will have to decide who the CRAZIEST!!!

    March 28, 2011 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  4. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    So let's see...he got fired for violating the tenents of his job and profession, and now wants to be the President of the United States. Has he shown us his long form birth certificate yet?

    March 28, 2011 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  5. GL

    Who many crazy Republicans are their that is running for President?

    March 28, 2011 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  6. Nobody Special

    what on earth is in the water down there???

    March 28, 2011 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. thomas

    Could somebody please tell me what web site is the best for starting a prudential exploratory comity. Sounds like a great way to bring in some fast money . I do believe every person has a right to have a plastic Jesus on the dash bored of there car !
    In fact they should be mandatory if you own a Hummer !

    March 28, 2011 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  8. Blaq

    He ran twice and lost. You figure he'd get a clue...

    March 29, 2011 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. jimmyjojo

    He should be familiar with the 11th Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Become President.

    March 29, 2011 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  10. Roger

    I think this guy could actually get the country back on track. Thanks you for considering such a honorary job. Our current president isn't meeting the standards of many americans. We do need change. we need a president whom know the difference between right and wrong and has respect for the system and country.

    March 29, 2011 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  11. Buccakenji

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't creating an exploratory committee mean a person qualifies for federal matching funds?

    Think I will run for president. Never known what could happen. Obama won ! ! ! ! ! ! !

    March 29, 2011 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  12. john leddy

    what do the names palin, bachmann, moore (the guy from alabama),trump, gingrich, huckabee(?) et al cause obama to do? sleep comfortably in the white house knowing that he will be there till 2016.

    March 29, 2011 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  13. justathought

    Yep, this guy looks like a winner!

    March 29, 2011 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  14. Marry

    Roy Moore provokes the question: Are there any sane Republicans left? Never mind any capable of being a decent Presidential candidate! The TP grows like a deathly cancer in the GOP eating up the few brain cells left here and there. Unbelievable and very sad!

    March 29, 2011 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  15. Chris

    Is there any Republican who isn't considering a run for president? And is there any Republican that is actually working on their promise of jobs, jobs, jobs?

    March 29, 2011 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  16. Dave

    Nice... Another right-wing whack job to add to the mix.

    March 29, 2011 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  17. Marge

    I guess they will have to rent the biggest old foot ball field they can find so they can line up all the republican POS to have their debate. How in the world could a person even thing about voting for these nut cases. But then tea bags and republicans themselves aren't much better.

    March 29, 2011 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  18. diridi

    politics of GOP in justice dept?????nonsense...

    March 29, 2011 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  19. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Republicans don't need no constitution to follow. Southern Christians and Wisconsin governors do not need to comply with court orders.

    March 29, 2011 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  20. Rob R

    This is just getting silly now.

    March 29, 2011 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  21. Moore is just another Greedy Old Psychopath

    Just what America needs, another insane Greedy Old Psychopath to inject phony "christianity" where it doesn't belong. I'll be he rolls our his Ten Commandments tour any day now. Dial up the crazy, Ray!

    March 29, 2011 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    Let's see, he says " elitist type"? Wouldn't a diploma from West Point qualify you as the elite since its one of the most select institutions in the nation? He was a judge ( a publically-paid position) and he's failed 2 times to get the GOP nod in Alabama. If he can't get elected governor in Alabama on a conservative, Christian, Republican platform, what makes him think he's got a shot anywhere else outside of the South? Seems like we've got a person with a serious lack of humility and an unwillingness to try his luck in the private sector. Arrogance is not a Christian trait, but it usually happens with people who crave the spotlight like this New-Age Pharisee.

    March 29, 2011 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
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