MOBILE — U.S. Reps. Jerry Carl (R-Mobile) and Barry Moore (R-Enterprise), who are both competing for the first congressional district Republican nomination, appeared side-by-side at the February Azalea City Republican Women's meeting on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Special Counsel Robert Hur released his report that included details about the deterioration of President Joe Biden's mental state.

Both candidates weighed in on Hur's findings and the Justice Department's decision not to prosecute Biden for "willfully" mishandling classified documents.

"I'm not surprised," Carl said in an interview after the Azalea City Republican Women's event. "I have been telling y'all in the press he was not going to make it. He was going to claim dementia, and he wouldn't be running for president. I've been saying that for two-plus years ... What came out today, I'm not a bit surprised is based on his dementia. If he can hold those documents, why can't Trump hold those documents? I think it is going to play well for Trump. How can you persecute Trump for something you're letting the other president walk away from?"

"I think his lying is very disheartening," he added. "I mean, he's lied to us, the American people. Those files had no business being there. ... This story just keeps getting thicker and thicker and thicker. But he's going to claim dementia and walk away. You can bet on that."

Moore was skeptical of the claims in the report and suggested the Republican-led House would react when Congress reconvenes in Washington, D.C. next week.

"So, I am wondering — is he just trying to play the system?" Moore said to 1819 News following the event. "We've seen his decline pretty rapidly. I think honestly, he's not fit to be president of the United States. The courts recognize what the Democrats don't want to recognize, and I think what many of us in D.C. already saw."

"We have some tools in our toolbox to remove him," he continued. "I guess we'll have to talk about it next week when we get to D.C. because it is interesting they made that ruling. I find it troubling for our country that this guy — these wars are starting around the globe, the border is wide open and this is the gentleman we have in charge."

Moore did not think the Biden Justice Department would drop its charges against Trump over the handling of classified documents.

"You would think, but they will not because they love weaponizing against our guy," Moore replied.

Jeff Poor is the editor in chief of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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