Tuberville: Alabamians ‘trust football coaches a heck of a lot more than they trust politicians’
Former Auburn University head football coach Tommy Tuberville, a 2020 Republican U.S. Senate candidate in the Yellowhammer State, on Monday appeared on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.” to discuss his support of President Donald Trump and the state of the race to unseat Senator Doug Jones (D-AL).
Tuberville reiterated his belief that “President Trump has saved this country.”
He said he was unsure who the president will support in Alabama’s GOP senatorial primary, if anyone, but emphasized Trump’s support “goes a long way in the state.”
Tuberville also reaffirmed that he will not take his salary if elected to the U.S. Senate.
“[W]e’ve got to get away from the career politicians,” Tuberville remarked. “I’m not an establishment [candidate], I don’t owe anybody anything. I’m not taking a salary. I want to do it for the right reasons.”
The guest host then asked the former college football coach if his ties to Auburn might dissuade some Crimson Tide fans from voting for him.
“You know, before I decided to run, I did my due diligence,” Tuberville responded. “I went across the state talking to people about this.”
“And you know, at the end of the day, the people of Alabama — they trust football coaches a heck of a lot more than they trust politicians,” he continued. “So, I’m going to get as many (University of) Alabama votes. I’m going to get Auburn votes.”
“We need something strong, you know. We need people who make decisions for the right reasons. And they trust football coaches in this state, I promise you that,” Tuberville concluded.
When asked if his time spent coaching for #Auburn would deter some voters, @TTuberville, who is running for the Alabama #senate, quipped, “At the end of the day, the people of #Alabama, they trust #football coaches a heck of a lot more than they trust politicians.” #VarneyCo pic.twitter.com/feMfkvQtjP
— Varney & Co. (@Varneyco) September 16, 2019
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn