7 Things: Vaccine coming to Alabama soon, Sessions comes out for Tuberville, dueling town halls and more …
7. Saban is still doing well
- University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban will be “evaluated daily” and will continue to self-isolate as he has tested positive for the coronavirus; currently, he’s coaching virtually.
- Saban is still asymptomatic, and the team is currently preparing to play the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.
6. Social media protecting Biden proves allegations are false?
- Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign has come out with a weak defense against the allegation that he met with an executive member of Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company, which his son Hunter worked for.
- Twitter and Facebook have both shut down the distribution of this story, and now the Biden campaign is saying that they’re “glad” the social media sites have done this, adding that it “makes clear that these purported allegations are false.”
5. The media and their Democrats strike again
- Political editor for C-SPAN Steve Scully has been suspended indefinitely after he finally admitted that he lied about his Twitter being hacked when he tweeted, “@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump.”
- In a statement to CNN, Scully said he “was subjected to relentless criticism on social media and in conservative news outlets” as he was meant to be the moderator for the second presidential debate. He claims that he sent the tweet to Anthony Scaramucci “out of frustration” after President Donald Trump “falsely” attacked him.
- Governor Kay Ivey has announced that the legislature could be called into a special session soon, mostly to deal with how to protect businesses from coronavirus related lawsuits and bringing business to Alabama.
- Ivey said that for the state “to get back on track … it is imperative that our businesses are able to operate safely and efficiently to serve the needs of their communities on a permanent basis,” which makes liability protection for businesses even more important.
3. Trump and Biden town halls
- Thursday night, former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump held separate town hall events instead of attending the second presidential debate, and to no one’s surprise, Biden received softballs while Trump sparred with the moderator.
- NBC moderator Savanah Guthrie did not allow an audience question until the town hall was 20 minutes in. She was aggressive and combative with questions about white supremacy, transition, QAnon and his debt load. ABC moderators couldn’t get an answer from Biden on court-packing and refused to ask him about the New York Post reports about his son’s trading on the Biden name and setting up meetings with foreigners while Biden was VP.
2. Sessions endorses Tuberville
- Former U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has come out in support of former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville against U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-AL), saying that he supports Tuberville “100%.”
- Sessions said in the video of his endorsement released on Twitter that “Alabama must send” Tuberville “to represent us in the Senate.” He added, “We cannot allow a Chuck Schumer acolyte – Doug Jones – to represent Alabama in the Senate.”
1. First coronavirus vaccines coming to Alabama this year
- In a media briefing, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris spoke about what Alabama can expect in terms of a coronavirus vaccine and said that the first doses of the vaccine should be distributed “by the end of the year.”
- States are allowed to distribute the vaccine how they see fit, and Harris said that Alabama’s detailed plan on how to distribute the vaccine has been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Harris also mentioned that there’s no “question the vaccine will be a scarce resource” when first available.