Where were the three leading Republican candidates strongest? We look at their best results — and where Luther Strange and Roy Moore might need to improve.
Brian Lyman / Advertiser
In his television spots, Luther Strange talks about Donald Trump. He talks about Washington. He talks about the media.
He talks about everything except himself.
It’s a deliberate strategy. In a brief phone interview Wednesday, the U.S. senator said that he believed voters wanted to hear more about his stands.
“I think people are focused on the issues,” said Strange. “And the issues that are top of the list is who’s best qualified to support the president’s agenda.”
But it’s also a strategy that in the past has allowed opponents — sometimes successfully, sometimes not — to define Strange, focusing on his past as a successful lobbyist; as former Gov. Robert Bentley’s appointed successor and as an ally of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blamed in some conservative circles for the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Those who know Strange say that reluctance to get personal also reflects a natural reserve unusual in a politician.
“He’s very bright, he’s very articulate, he’s very smart,” said Peck Fox, a Montgomery attorney who’s known Strange for three decades and ran a campaign against him in 2006. “But I don’t think he’s what a lot of people would think of as a typical politician, as someone who is necessarily going into a…
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