The left is upset because their favorite “Republican” Senator has been taken to task
And once again the left is upset because their favorite “Republican” Senator has been taken to task over his past.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward recently blasted GOP primary rival Martha McSally for what she referred to over-emphasizing her military career as a pilot. And in doing so took another shot at her 2016 opponent Senator John McCain.
Kelli Ward, who is a former state senator from Lake Havasu City, told supporters in a rally in Prescott, Arizona that they can’t be bamboozled by campaign ads that invoke military records. At the same time Martha McSally who is a two-term Republican, frequently plays up her Air Force background, including being the first female pilot to fight in actual combat.
Ward said we can’t be fooled by “fluff” ads that come in emails, along with 30-second ads you see on YouTube and TV. And that just because someone can pilot a warplane doesn’t mean they will be a good senator.
Ward is correct, although being in the military and having an awesome military record is one of the noblest things a person can do, it doesn’t mean they will be a great senator, representative or president. John McCain has been in the Senate most of his life after coming back from Vietnam after being held for 5 years as a POW, but when it comes to being a senator he leaves much to be desired.
From the moment John McCain refused to fight against Barack Hussein Obama back during the 2008 campaign to the moment he cast the deciding vote to keep Obamacare going. He has been a disgrace as a Republican senator.
— Ed Klingele (@funylute) April 9, 2018
— Lady Liberti (@lady_liberti) October 17, 2017
So Kelli Ward is correct, It’s time we all not be shy and start calling it like it is. Of course, Democrats hate this because McCain is basically one of them.
— Michael O'Grady (@mog7546) April 10, 2018
Remember in 2006 when Senator John Kerry told students that if they didn’t make it in school, they’d “get stuck in Iraq”?
“You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”
What a double-standard liberals hold.
AZ is tired of empty promises by McCain, Flake. McSally will be the same. Voting Kelli Ward! She gets it.
— NormalDawn (@noprezzie2012) April 9, 2018
"I think anybody who has been in Washington for almost 40 years has been there too long."
~ Dr Kelli Ward
— Renee TrumpLican 🇺🇸 (@ReneeCarrollAZ) April 11, 2018
Here is more information via AZ Central:
“Republican U.S. Senate candidate Kelli Ward recently blasted GOP primary rival Martha McSally for seemingly over-emphasizing her military career as a pilot and in doing so took another shot at her 2016 opponent, the now-ailing Sen. John McCain.
Ward, a former state senator from Lake Havasu City, told supporters in Prescott they can’t be bamboozled by campaign ads that invoke military records.
McSally, a two-term Republican, frequently plays up her Air Force background, including being the first female pilot to fight in combat.
“We can’t be fooled by those fluff ads that come in your mailbox, and the 30 seconds you see, because someone’s a pilot, they’d make a good senator,” Ward told the crowd a campaign event featuring former Trump administration strategist Sebastian Gorka.
Some in the crowd roared in laughter and Ward shrugs, saying, “I don’t know, I don’t know.
“We’ve seen that, we’ve seen that ad before. The last guy that was a pilot and became a senator in Arizona …”
Some in the crowd booed. She then uses her body language to reinforce her words, making a face and opening her eyes wide while jutting out her chin. More boos can be heard.
She shrugs and holds both palms up to the crowd, saying, “I don’t know, I don’t know. You guys make your own decisions. You guys make your own decisions, but we can’t be fooled by that.”
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Multiple remarks against McCain
Ward’s line was an apparent reference to McCain, a former Navy aviator who was shot down during the Vietnam War and was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years.
McCain easily survived a 2016 Ward primary challenge on his way to winning a sixth Senate term, but Ward has continued to use him as a foil during her current bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Arizona’s other Republican senator, Jeff Flake.
Sen. Rand Paul and Kelli Ward speak to the press at the Embassy Suites on February 16, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Patrick Breen/The Republic
Ward’s latest comments come as McCain continues to fight a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma.
Shortly after McCain announced his grim prognosis in July, Ward drew a backlash for suggesting that McCain should give up his seat and that Gov. Doug Ducey should consider appointing her to finish his term. In February, she reiterated her belief that a senator who can’t fulfill the duties of the office should step aside. McCain has been sidelined in Arizona since Dec. 17.
Her remarks, which came during her “Prescott Making America Safe Again” event on March 30, were captured on video. A snippet was posted on YouTube.
Ward, McSally and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio are among the field of Republicans vying to replace Flake, who announced on Oct. 24 he would retire instead of face re-election in a Trump era.
A Trump-style candidate
Ward has cast herself as an anti-establishment Republican and a Trump-style candidate. Her biting remarks about her rivals have drawn as much, if not more, attention than her policy positions.
Her remarks came following comments about people who campaign conservatively then go to Washington, D.C. and vote more moderately.
A spokeswoman for McSally did not respond for a request for comment.
Richard Hererra, associate professor of political science at Arizona State University, said Ward is clearly attempting to undercut McSally’s service to country while trying to plant a seed she is not a quality candidate, an approach that worked for Trump.
“Whatever characteristic her opponent seems to emphasize or hang their hat on is one you attack,” he said. “For the Senate race, in the primary, certainly a military service is something that McSally has used as a means of showing and demonstrating to potential voters that she has certainly served her country and she has leadership skills.”
Those are two traits voters tend to look for when assessing the quality of a candidate.
For her part, Ward often talks up the military service of her husband, Michael Ward.
“My husband is a military man himself, serving 33 years in our Armed Forces,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” during a discussion about Trump’s White House chief of staff John Kelly, a retired general.
Ward’s remarks in Prescott may endear her to voters who already are somewhat disenchanted with McCain and are Trump supporters, Herrera said. But it may not grow her base of voters, which she would need to advance through the November general election.
Asked about the comments, Ward’s spokesman Zachery Henry said McSally would rather talk about her military service than her “liberal voting record” while in Congress, “which is why she is refusing to debate” Ward.”