Former U.S. Secretary of State and Alabama native Condoleeza Rice weighed in on the controversial election for the Alabama Senate seat in a statement published Monday on AL.com.
Did she endorse a candidate?
No, not literally.
Rice went on at length to encourage Alabama voters to stay true to their principles and values, but she did not make clear which candidate she believes upholds those standards.
“This week’s special election will be one of the most significant in Alabama’s history. As a native daughter, I remain — at heart — an Alabaman who loves our state and its devotion to faith, family, and country,” Rice said in a statement.
“I know that Alabamans need an independent voice in Washington,” she continued. “But we must also insist that our representatives are dignified, decent, and respectful of the values we hold dear.
“I encourage you to take a stand for our core principles and for what is right,” she added. “These critical times require us to come together to reject bigotry, sexism, and intolerance.
“Please exercise your right to vote,” Rice concluded, “a privilege won by the sacrifices of our ancestors. Sustain the central ideals and values that make our country a beacon for freedom and justice for the sake of Alabama and for the good of the United States of America.”
Rice’s statement comes at the end of the campaign as voters took to the polls Monday evening and the election will be decided Tuesday. President Trump encouraged voters to vote for Moore just across the Alabama border in Florida.
A Fox News poll has Moore’s Democratic challenger Doug Jones above the Republican by 10 points, but this is an outlier — other polls show the election to be much closer, with many having Moore a few points above the Democrat.