Senator Lankford calls on Roy Moore to step aside

Senator James Lankford (KOKH)

An Oklahoma senator is the latest lawmaker to call on Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore to drop his campaign following a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

Senator James Lankford was asked by Morning Joe host Mika Brzezinski if Moore should step aside. He replied, "I do believe he should."

"He should give the people of Alabama a better choice," Lankford continued.

Moore was accused in a Washington Post report of having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Earlier this week, another woman accused Moore of groping her when she was just 16-years-old.

Senator Lankford called the situation "incredibly sad" for the women involved and for the state of Alabama as a whole. He believes Moore's continued involvement in the senate race creates a big problem for voters.

"The people of Alabama are having to make a decision on someone who had immoral behavior or someone they don't like their politics on," said Lankford. "And it's a difficult spot to go back and forth."

However, Lankford says he it as a positive sign that moral values have taken center stage following stories like Moore's and the sexual misconduct allegations circling in Hollywood.

"I am pleased to be able to see that the nation is talking about moral issues and holding leaders to a higher account," said Lankford. "That is a positive thing for our nation."

During the interview, Lankford also discussed the GOP's push for tax reform, where the senator says he's in favor of repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.

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