In this Nov. 17, 2017, file photo, Alabama Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones speaks during a campaign stop in Troy, Ala. The words of prominent Republicans are being used against Alabama's GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore in a campaign ad. The ad by Jones features statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby and Ivanka Trump responding to allegations of sexual misconduct against Moore. Credit: Aly Grice | AP

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones, who’s in a high-profile Alabama race against Republican Roy Moore, has released a campaign video invoking the Civil War heroics of Mainer Joshua Chamberlain and talking about how he wants to bring civility and compromise to Washington.

Jones’ opponent has become a household name nationwide and a political lightning rod after multiple women came forward to accuse Roy Moore of sexual advances and sexual assaults on them decades earlier when they were teenagers. Moore, who has been defended by Republican President Donald Trump, denied any sexual assault claims.

In the campaign video, Jones describes the famed clash over Little Round Top at Gettysburg in the Civil War, in which Chamberlain’s Maine forces ran low on ammunition and charged the approaching Alabama soldiers, led by Col. William Oates, to defend the Union’s position.

“What brought those two brave men — one from Alabama and one from Maine — together was war,” the candidate says in the video, published late last month and viewed nearly 13,000 times on YouTube. “Two sides believing so strongly in their cause that they were willing to die for it. … Now we fight too often over other matters. It seems as if we’re coming apart. I want to go to Washington and meet the representatives from Maine and those from every other state. Not on the battlefield, but to find common ground, because there’s honor in compromise and civility.”

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.