Sessions makes 2020 Senate run official

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Here to talk about Jeff Sessions' potential comeback bid is NPR's Debbie Elliott. He also said that he never would have nominated Sessions as attorney general if he knew he would recuse himself.

ELLIOTT: Well, the rumor mill has been active for weeks here in Alabama and there in D.C. And Alabama's other senator, Richard Shelby, has talked about how he would welcome Sessions back into the chamber. And the President spent months criticizing his first attorney general, personal attacks that could very well sway the party's primary on March 3. Sessions said. "No. Did I go on CNN and attack the President? No".

President Donald Trump fired his top law official a year ago after a protracted feud over the inquiry into 2016 election meddling, which Mr Sessions declined to oversee.

Sessions, 72, served an at-times tumultuous tenure as the nation's highest-ranking law enforcement officer - drawing President Trump's ire after he recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation and left his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, in charge.

But we should note that their relationship was not always so bad.

His campaign nearly immediately released his first campaign ad in which he pledged his support to the Trump agenda. "I still am. We must make America great again". He's so highly respected. About as many said they had a favorable opinion of Sessions as unfavorable, 45 percent to 42 percent, according to AP VoteCast, a midterm survey of more than 750 voters in Alabama.

CHANG: That sounds so vintage now (laughter).

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As attorney general, Sessions adopted a hard line on immigration policy, including implementing a "zero tolerance" policy at the southern USA border that led to family separations. And the two of them were aligned on trade and foreign policy, as well.

Republicans are already facing an uphill climb. It certainly throws things wide open. Setting aside the fact that Sessions' entry makes him the fifth candidate now running in an already crowded Alabama Senate Republican primary, Trump has more personal reasons for opposing Sessions.

And while politicians, operatives and analysts expect Sessions to become an immediate frontrunner for the GOP nomination, the big unknown is how Trump and his Alabama supporters will react. The question is whether, you know, Trump's repeated ridicule has changed that.

But it's already clear that President Donald Trump's enmity toward Sessions, along with an established field of competitors, means he'll have to battle his way to the Republican nomination.

"Alabama deserves a Senator who will stand with the President and won't run away and hide from the fight", Byrne said Thursday night.

The ad was released by GRIT PAC, a conservative expenditure committee supporting the candidacy of former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville.

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