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Pastor says Roy Moore pursued 'younger ladies' for their 'purity'

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Pastor Flip Benham, a right-wing preacher, defended embattled Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore on Monday. Benham said that if Moore did pursue younger women when he was in his 30s, it wasn't necessarily unlawful or inappropriate. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Pastor Flip Benham, a right-wing preacher who appeared alongside Roy Moore at a campaign rally earlier in November, said the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama pursued "younger ladies" for their "purity."

“Judge Roy Moore graduated from West Point and then went on into the service, served in Vietnam, and then came back and was in law school. All of the ladies, or many of the ladies that he possibly could have married were not available then, they were already married, maybe, somewhere," Benham told Birmingham's Talk 99.5 radio station Monday evening in a clip uncovered by Right Wing Watch.

"So he looked in a different direction and always with the [permission of the] parents of younger ladies," Benham continued. “He did that because there is something about a purity of a young woman, there is something that is good, that’s true, that’s straight and he looked for that.”

Moore, who is vying for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' old seat in a special election set for Dec. 12, has denied accusations from multiple women that he made inappropriate sexual advances toward them when they were in their teens and he was in his 30s, including one girl who was 14 years old and another who was 16 when she alleges Moore sexually assaulted her.

Benham has been a key figure in Operation Save America, an anti-abortion group that evolved from similar organization, Operation Rescue.