Former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice to form presidential exploratory committee
March 28th, 2011
09:09 PM ET
11 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. Karen

    I live in Alabama (NYer in exile). Moore didn't even win the republican primary for governor. He is not liked by republicans here, or anywhere. If he is well received in Iowa, it is by democrats posing as republicans.

    March 28, 2011 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  2. Montgomery AL

    I would like to be the first to apologize for a majority of the citizens of the State of Alabama for this embarrassment called Roy Moore. We aren't all like him but God knows, I guess we just parade our unintelligent out on the front porch for everyone to see.

    March 28, 2011 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  3. KO

    Another crazy Republican–the more wackos like him form exploratory committees the better–the Republicans are not only ethically bankrupt, they are increasingly intellectually bankrupt as well.

    March 28, 2011 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  4. John N Florida

    Great. Just great. Another Theocrat in the mix.

    March 28, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  5. independent

    Is he standing in front of the Last Supper? This guy is the far right's religious George Wallace.

    March 28, 2011 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  6. nintex

    I'm shaking my head and rolling my eyes at the same time. Words fail me.

    March 28, 2011 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Larry L

    We'll need to watch this guy. He may actually be crazy enough to be a Tea Party candidate. What is happening to what's left of the Republican Party? They appear to be totally detached from America's middle class ans the needs of working people. Just look at the crap that's coming from the House since they took control. What about jobs? People with brains must rally together and support the Democratic Party for 2012 our this country is hosed.

    March 28, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Paul 1st

    Let's really behind all of the politicians from Alabama to become our national leaders. Then we can almost certainly live in a future with lower incomes, lower life expectancy, poorer health and less education. The state's statistics are a good predictor of the direction in which these politicians would lead the country.

    March 28, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    The man doesn't understand the First Amendment of our Constitution and its guarantee of religious freedom (how much more explicit can you get than, "the government shall establish no religion"?).


    March 28, 2011 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Regarding this whole anti "elitist" thing: Personally, I don't WANT a president who is just an "Average Joe;" I WANT someone who's smarter than I am, I want THE BEST (i.e., elite).

    Ask yourselves, folks: When you're looking for a leader, be it of a country or a company, do you really want some average yahoo who can't tell his fanny from his eyeball?

    March 28, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  11. Bob

    Blah, blah, blah – another one who will be gone come next year.

    March 28, 2011 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  12. ABM

    ...And who are you???? This guy is wasting everyone's time. Better that he run the in the Olympic Sized pool of GOP contenders (ahem...losers). I got to stock ou on my popcorn b/c it is almost comical all these people think they actually have a shot. They think that because an African American can get into office anyone can. The unfortunate thing is that the GOP really shot themselves in the foot because they are proving that anyone from that party who gets into office really does not want to serve their constituents but rather force feed (RAM) party hyper-partisanship down the throats of the American people as well as everyone else around the world. Our current POTUS is very well respected around the globe and helped to re-establish our cred after 8 years of GW running into the ground. Shame the GOP only focuses on wasting everyones time rather than helping move this country forward.

    No vote for you!

    March 28, 2011 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  13. A Real Patriot

    Why not....this circus needs a few more clowns.

    March 28, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  14. lgny

    This man has truly incredible qualifications for office -- NOT!

    The first Republican primary debates will be a gas! With so many people running for the position, there will be one question and an hour to give each of them a chance to answer it.

    March 28, 2011 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  15. Secularosity

    "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"

    Well, I know who I'm not voting for.

    March 28, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  16. Phaedrus

    Yet another Republican Presidential hopeful that is completely unelectable...

    March 28, 2011 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  17. Mereze Lawson

    every creep running for president these days i might as well anounce my exploratory commitee as well. this is just getting so ridiculous.

    March 28, 2011 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  18. Truth Dealer

    Great one more Idiot who think's he has a chance ! They are going to rip each other apart in the primaries ! By the time they get to the general election ! They will have so much dirt on them that Obama will easily beat anyone of these Idiot's ! Obama will be re-elected and the GOP know's it ! OBAMA 2012 !

    March 28, 2011 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  19. Tam

    With all the loons gathering, maybe the 2012 prophecy will come in 2011?

    March 28, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  20. Bill R in Oakland

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

    Roy who?

    March 28, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  21. Reggie from LA

    What the heck? Why not? Everybody's doin' it. I'm preparing for an exploratory thingy myself. I know. I Know. A lot of you are surprised and glad 4 me. There's probably 18, 24, I don't know 32 or so of us running. I will be honest, most of THEM are probably not remotely qualified, but apparently that doesn't matter. We are just going to make a lot of noise and cuss President Obama. Use talking points and such, like "He's slow to go to war" or "Why is he going to war?" (Whichever one makes Obama look bad at the time). "Where's the birth certificate"? I have all the rhetoric down. Isn't that pretty much it takes to be a GOP candidate?

    March 28, 2011 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  22. Lisa Brennan

    This is continuing to be a GOP Three Ring circus full of clown acts and dingleberries. Keep 'em coming. Who's next...? The Joes? Boehner?

    March 28, 2011 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  23. Indy

    O yeah a conservative judge President, just what all Americans have wished for.............NOT It is not bad enough that all Republican candidates consider themselves the judge and jury of the people (themdelves excluded from judgement) now they have an actual judge that wants to run. Lord love a duck it is only getting worse. If the exploritory commitee is truthful they will tell Judge Morre he is not wanted for Prez

    March 28, 2011 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  24. goingcoastal

    Moore is a self righteous, small minded, small town lawyer who's only claim to fame is is getting himself elected to Alabama's highest court and getting himself removed from that same court because he had no respect for the very laws he was placed there to uphold. Even here in ultra-conservative Alabama he has little support. If the tea party wants to make this guy their new darling then they are clueless..

    March 28, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  25. Kent

    So, as Bob Dylan said, "He wants to get us down in the hole he's in.". Please, say no Moore!

    March 28, 2011 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
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