Doug Jones on Principles & Values



Impeachment should include witnesses & documentary evidence

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): I don't think the Senate should be making the case that the House should have made in their presentation. My guess is they weren't able to make the case. The charges are pretty thin gruel. I don't see anything impeachable in that. So, it's not the job of the Senate to make the case that the House should have made in their impeachment clause, or in their articles of impeachment.

Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL): Senator Johnson just made the case of why we should have witnesses. If he really believes it's thin, it's thin because the president of the United States ordered his top people who were in the room who have firsthand knowledge not to testify. He ordered documents not to be turned over. The American people and the United States Senate deserve to have a full, fair, and complete trial. That means witnesses. It means documents. It means getting the information out now.

Source: ABC This Week 2019 interview on impeaching Trump , Dec 22, 2019

Trump's actions raise concern for national security

On the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. "The record I want to emphasize to folks is that I am there for them," Jones said in an interview last month. "I am not there for a president. I am not there for any of the Democrats. I am there for the people of this state."

As the impeachment battle lines have been drawn, Jones has tried to cast himself as above the fray. "As a U.S. senator, it is my obligation to weigh all the facts fairly before making a decision, and we don't have all the facts yet," Jones said, breaking from many Democrats who believe that the loose transcript of a phone call and a whistleblower report, both already public, prove Trump abused his power by asking a foreign leader for a political favor.

"What I have seen so far raises legitimate concern for our national security and there appears to be evidence of abuse of power. I hope for the sake of our country that we can find the truth together," Jones said.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser on impeaching Trump , Oct 10, 2019

Democrat willing to find common ground with Republicans

Q: Doug Jones pulled off a stunning upset this week, becoming the first Democrat elected to the Senate in deep red Alabama since 1992. Let's start with what you said on election night:

(VIDEO CLIP) JONES: We've tried to make sure that this campaign was about finding common ground and reaching across and actually getting things done for the people.

(END VIDEO) Q: Where do you see an opportunity to find common ground and work with a Republican Congress and President Trump?

JONES: I think there's an opportunity at every turn. It doesn't matter what the issue is, there's always the opportunity to find common ground. And I hope to have that voice. I said on election night that I hope this is a message not to just Republicans that we've got a Democrat who's willing to reach across the aisle. I hope it's a message to Democrats to try to find that common ground. It's one of those things where you've got to reach across, you've got to try.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2017 on 2017 Alabama Senate race , Dec 17, 2017

I am going to be the kind of senator the people can talk to

Q: Your opponent, Judge Moore, continues to refuse to concede, saying that this race is not over, and this week issued this video:

(VIDEO CLIP) MOORE: Today, we'll no longer recognize the universal truth that God is the author of our life and liberty. Abortion, sodomy and materialism have taken the place of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

(END VIDEO) Q: Do you think that Roy Moore is hurting Alabama by continuing this contest?

JONES: Well, I just have quit trying to figure out what Judge Moore means when he says things like that. I don't find it in the mainstream of America. I certainly don't even find it in the mainstream of Alabama. I think it's time to move on. And I think he is hurting the people of this state. I have told folks and I want to try to represent everyone. I'm not going to be a senator in which people are going to agree with 100% of the time, but I am going to be the kind of senator the people can talk to, that we can reason with.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2017 on 2017 Alabama Senate race , Dec 17, 2017

Christians take care of people, without discriminating

If your culture means that you would discriminate against somebody, that you would not treat anybody in the same way that Christ would do, then I'm not going to protect that. I'm not going to protect discrimination of any sort, in any way, whether it's race, religion, sex orientation or whatever. What I'm hoping to see is that if they are truly religious and they are truly Christian in the same way that I am, that my faith is, well, we take care of everybody.
Source: The Economist on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Nov 16, 2017

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