Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

  • Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

Martha McSally launches Senate campaign in heated GOP race

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's announcement for the U.S. Senate came Friday by way of an online video spotlighting President Donald Trump, her fight against a controversial Air Force policy, and an admonition to Washington, D.C., Republicans " to grow a pair of ovaries". McSally, who has been perceived by those handicapping the race as the Republican establishment's top choice, appears instead to be catering to a more conservative primary electorate.

McSally is running off the platform that, right now, only she - and not her Republican rivals Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio - are actually in office attempting to pass legislation.

Also running in the Republican primary is conservative state Senator Kelli Ward, like Arpaio a strong Trump supporter.

"Like our president, I'm exhausted of PC politicians and their BS excuses", McSally said in her hard-hitting announcement video, released Friday, that also highlighted her career as an Air Force fighter pilot and her eight-year fight to end a military policy requiring female soldiers in certain Muslim-majority countries to wear robes over their military uniforms. "I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", McSally said in the video. These next 10 months, I'm going to "fly, fight and win", McSally said.

In announcing her bid, McSally told Washington Republicans in a YouTube video to "grow a set of ovaries" and said that she, like Trump, is exhausted of "PC politicians with their BS excuses", referring to political correctness.

Flake, who did not support Trump throughout his 2016 presidential campaign and has continued to disagree with the president on just about every issue announced Tuesday that he is not willing to take the path necessary to winning a republican nomination.

On Twitter on Friday, McSally thanked Trump for attacking Democrats who are contemplating a government shutdown to protect young immigrants known as "Dreamers".

Despite the aggressive rhetoric in her announcement video, some of 's conservative critics dismiss her as an establishment favorite whose record doesn't match the tough talk in her announcement.

Democrats see Arizona as a rare opportunity to pick up a Senate seat in 2018 as their party struggles to defend vulnerable incumbents in several other Republican-leaning states.

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

"I absolutely refused to bow down to Sharia law", she said. After 8 years of fighting, I won my battle for the religious freedom of American service women.

The Aug. 28 Republican primary has the potential to be a proxy war between the national GOP factions represented by Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and former White House strategist Steve Bannon.

"She's the real deal", Trump says.

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

The Arizona Democratic Party highlighted what spokesman Drew Anderson called a "long, brutal and expensive" Republican civil war.