Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Rep. Martha McSally Finds Her Inner Trump

Rep. Martha McSally Finds Her Inner Trump

"Now, I'm deployed to fight for Arizona", Ms. McSally said in the video. "I recently made one myself, and I wanted my friends in Tucson to be the first to know". Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who announced past year that he is not seeking re-election, is seen as key to Republican hopes of holding on to their slim 51-49 majority in the U.S. Senate.

"Like in almost every other state facing a Senate election this cycle, the Arizona Republican primary will be nasty, expensive and very long", David Bergstein, a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spokesman said Friday in a written statement.

Earlier this week, United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen applauded McSally and other members of the House Homeland Security Committee Border and Maritime Security subcommittee for introducing a bill that would provide a solution to keeping the DACA program alive, but would also reduce visa overstays and threatens to punish sanctuary cities.

America's first female fighter pilot Martha McSally had a theme for her official Senate announcement Friday morning.

"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", she added.

While her formal announcement will come in a tour across the state Friday, her campaign released a video ahead of time showing her as someone not afraid to take on the establishment, Sharia law, and who will push for border security.

But McSally's video seeks to reassure GOP primary voters that she is in the president's corner, too.

The retired U.S. Air Force colonel flew A-10 Warthogs in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star.

An 11-candidate field running for Flake's soon-to-be-vacated seat includes former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Dr. Kelli Ward. "I want to get it to Congress so they can pass some type of law, regulation, that when somebody runs for president, you oughta check their background, so this won't happen again".

The primary is expected to become a contest over which candidate is most loyal to President Donald Trump and who is toughest on border security. "After eight years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom of American servicewomen". Kelli Ward, a vocal Trump advocate, are also GOP candidates.

A general-election victory by McSally, Ward or Sinema would send Arizona's first woman USA senator to Washington.

Former state GOP chair Robert Graham, said the former sheriff's candidacy fundamentally changed the primary dynamics.

Democrats, meanwhile, are practically giddy about what they view as a race to the right in the Republican field that could make it hard for the primary victor to prevail in November.

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