Roy Moore bails on forum with Strange, doesn't give reason

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Moore said he won't participate in a candidates' forum at Samford University but didn't give a reason why.

Samford University has canceled a candidates' forum between Republican Senate hopefuls Roy Moore and incumbent Sen. Luther Strange after Moore inexplicably backed out of the event.

The forum at the Birmingham college, sponsored by the Alabama Policy Institute, was scheduled for Sept. 21. Cameron Smith, an AL.com columnist and former vice president of the institute, was set to moderate the forum, which was being billed as the first opportunity for Moore and Strange to be grilled on their policy positions while sharing the same stage.

Moore's campaign could not be reached for comment about why he backed out of the forum, and the institute said Moore also did not give them a reason for bailing.

"The Moore campaign communicated to Samford that they were cancelling their participation," institute spokeswoman Taylor Dawson told AL.com Tuesday.

Moore's backing out of the forum comes as the former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice is being dinged for not being up to speed on policy issues. During an interview with Alabama talk show host Dale Jackson, Moore was apparently unaware what DACA -- the acronym for the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program -- was. Jackson first referred to DACA as the "Dreamer program," and Moore responded, "Pardon? The Dreamer program?"

Strange's campaign released a statement criticizing Moore for canceling.

"Another week, another canceled debate from Roy Moore." said Strange for Senate spokesman Cameron Foster. "What is Roy Moore afraid of? What is Roy Moore hiding? Voters should ask themselves, if Roy Moore refuses to answer questions from voters, will he listen to their concerns in elected office?"

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