One of the glaring differences between the two candidates in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff later this month is U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) dedicates a lot of effort to comparing himself to his opponent, former Business Council of Alabama head Katie Britt.
Britt, however, rarely mentions Brooks by name.
According to Brooks, that is a luxury of having "millions upon millions of dollars" in backing that allows third parties to attack him for her, as he said was the case with U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant, who missed the runoff with a third-place finish last month.
During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," Brooks explained the situation as he saw it and indicated he was OK with confronting Britt's candidacy himself.
"She can do what she does because she has gotten millions upon millions of dollars that are being used for attack ads so that she personally does not engage while she has third parties engage on her behalf," Brooks said. "So, when you've got millions and millions of dollars from the Mitch McConnell-establishment machine out of Washington, D.C. interfering in this race, attacking for Katie Britt, it allows Katie Britt to take a back seat.
"When you've millions upon millions of dollars from open borders and cheap foreign labor and special interests that are doing the attacking for Katie Britt, then Katie Britt can take a back seat. I don't have the kind of funds that are necessary to draw the distinctions between the candidates. So, I have to do it myself, and by the way, I'm not afraid to do it myself. Some candidates are afraid to do that."
Brooks thinks it's important to draw contrasts with one's opponents.
"Gosh, if you're not willing to contrast yourself with Nancy Pelosi or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Chuck Schumer or Joe Biden, and you're not willing to contrast yourself with the person you're running against in the state of Alabama, then how are you going to handle it as a United States Senator, when you're expected to contrast your views with the views of other people in hopes of persuading the American population that your views are the views that are in the best interest of your country.
"So, I don't shy from doing that. That's different than the way a lot of other candidates have handled themselves. What I do that's different than these attack ads from Katie Britt is I speak the truth as I understand it and know it. That's the big difference."
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