Fighter Pilot Makes Impressive Entrance to Announce She's Running for Senate

Martha McSally. 12 Jan. 2018

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of P.C. politicians and their B.S. excuses", McSally says after the video of Trump's comments.

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

Arpaio has also been a leading figure in the "birther" conspiracy movement about former president Barack Obama, to which Trump once also belonged.

McSally is the early establishment favorite in the contest, even if she has recently adopted the same anti-establishment message that fueled Trump's political rise in 2016.

The candidates will all be vying for the support of President Donald Trump, despite his low approval ratings, and McSally kickstarted her efforts to win his endorsement in her video by including a clip of the president saying, "my friend Martha McSally, she is the real deal. she is tough".

The race will test the appeal of the Trump political playbook - which emphasizes the dangers of illegal immigration and demands border security above all else - in a state where almost 1 in 3 residents is Hispanic and roughly 1 million are eligible to vote, according to the Pew Research Center.

Martha McSally Shows Off Her Pilot Skills Her action-packed announcement video trades on numerous same themes she used in her House campaigns, stressing her status of the first American female to fly in combat, winning a fight to refuse to don Muslim garb while serving in the Middle East, and as a congresswoman working to protecting funding for the locally produced A-10 fighter jet. Her outfit for the big day: a blue flight suit.

Her blunt talk in the video shows a push to connect to Republicans across the spectrum, an important challenge for McSally considering she will be facing off in the GOP Primary against two controversial candidates in former sheriff Joe Arpaio and former state Sen. Another high-profile candidate, Ward, was an early favorite of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Close UN Palestinian refugee agency: Netanyahu
Netanyahu at his Sunday weekly Cabinet meeting also reiterated support for Trump's threat to cut aid to Palestinians. The U.S. gives a little more than $300 million a year to the agency, accounting for its primary source of funding.

In her defense, she has leaned to the right of late, sponsoring an immigration plan backed by House conservatives that would reduce legal immigration, defund "sanctuary cities", and curb chain migration.

On Twitter on Friday, McSally thanked Trump for attacking Democrats who are contemplating a government shutdown to protect young immigrants known as "Dreamers". "As we discussed on Tuesday, we won't allow our troops to be held hostage by DACA negotiations. We won't play politics w/America's safety & military funding".

McSally also shared a stern rhetoric on immigration that Trump has often made headlines with.

Democrats see Arizona as a rare opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in 2018.

Trump won the presidency by adopting aggressively anti-immigrant language that continues to spark accusations of racism and bigotry.

And though Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - the epitome of the Republican establishment who is hated by some on the far right - has called her one of his top recruits this election cycle, McSally gives D.C. Republicans a rhetorical pounding in the video.

"She has launched a one-woman campaign against a military policy in Saudi Arabia that forced her to wear a long black Islamic robe over her Air Force uniform". But now she says she was "standing up to Sharia law", a cause beloved of Muslim-hating Christian conservatives. "After eight years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom for American servicewomen".

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