Roy Moore, one of the Republicans challenging Sen. Luther Strange, R-Ala., in the primary ahead of the Alabama special Senate election, said it's possible to make the argument that America is the "focus of evil in the modern world," as former President Ronald Reagan characterized Soviet Russia during the Cold War.

In an interview with the Guardian, Moore was asked what Reagan would think about the United States' current relationship with Russia, given Reagan's belief that Soviet Russia was the "focus of evil in the modern world."

"You could say that very well about America, couldn't you?" Moore said. "We promote a lot of bad things."

When asked to elaborate on what "bad things" the U.S. promotes, the Senate candidate pointed to same-sex marriage, which the Guardian said is the same argument Russian President Vladimir Putin makes.

"Maybe Putin is right," Moore responded. "Maybe he's more akin to me than I know."

Moore rose to prominence when, while serving as chief justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, he refused to move a monument of the Ten Commandments from the state Supreme Court building.

He and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., are challenging Strange in the Republican primary.

Strange took over the seat earlier this year when Sen. Jeff Sessions became Trump's attorney general.