Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore said in 2011 getting rid of all the amendments to the Constitution — including voting rights for African-Americans and women — would “eliminate many problems.”
CNN’s K-File reported Moore went on the “Aroostock Watchmen” show in 2011 and made the comments.
"That would eliminate many problems," Moore said when asked about voiding all of the amendments after the Tenth. "You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended."
Moore, who has been under siege after multiple women accused him of making sexual advances toward them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, is now facing more controversy over racial comments.
Moore said in September that the last time America was great was during slavery. The comments flew under the radar for months but recently resurfaced.
He’s also previously said Muslims should not be allowed to serve in the Congress and homosexual activity should be illegal.
The 14th Amendment, which ensured equal protection for all citizens under the law, was a particular point of ire for Moore.
"Yeah, it had very serious problems with its approval by the states," Moore said. "The danger in the 14th Amendment, which was to restrict, it has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You'd understand what I'm talking about."
A Moore spokesman said the report was not an endorsement for retracting universal voting rights.
"Once again, the media is taking a discussion about the overall framework for the separation of powers as laid out in the constitution to twist Roy Moore's position on specific issues," Doster said in an emailed statement.
"Roy Moore does not now nor has he ever favored limiting an individual's right to vote, and as a judge, he was noted for his fairness and for being a champion of civil rights. Judge Moore has expressed concern, as many other conservatives have, that the historical trend since the ratification of the Bill of Rights has been for federal empowerment over state empowerment."