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Ex-fighter pilot launches bid to replace Sen. Flake

Ex-fighter pilot launches bid to replace Sen. Flake

U.S. Representative Martha McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot, said on Friday she would run against former sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Donald Trump, in the race for the Republican nomination for a key Senate seat from Arizona.

She enters a dynamic Republican primary field that features a nationally celebrated immigration hardliner, 85-year-old former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was pardoned by Trump last year after defying a judge's order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants.

Arpaio is a sheriff known for his hardline and controversial border-security policies, as well as his ardent belief that former President Obama forged his birth certificate.

Furthermore, in the video, McSally left no doubt about her alliance with the president by including a picture of herself with Trump, as well as, a video clip of the president calling her "tough".

"The US Air Force decided that Martha McSally had the right stuff, the first female pilot to fly in combat".

"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.

McSally, who is in her second term serving Congressional District 2, which includes Green Valley and Sahuarita, had been close-mouthed about a possible bid for months, only saying she'd make an announcement after the first of the year.

Ward's campaign released a new ad on social media following McSally's announcement attempting to paint her as the candidate of the Washington establishment.

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. Both are seeking to succeed Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who announced he would not seek re-election after emerging as a leading critic of Trump within the president's own party. Or is it the probability of a Democratic wave that has him hoping to avoid an embarrassing defeat that has caused Mandel to postpone? Ward unsuccessfully challenged incumbent Arizona Senator John McCain in 2016. Trump has not endorsed a candidate in the race.

"My friend, Martha McSally". "How much daylight is she going to put between herself and the president?"

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also put out a statement attacking the entire Republican primary field.

She refused to endorse Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign.

McSally could benefit if Arpaio and Ward split the hard-line conservative vote.

Nowicki is The Republic's national political reporter. Her comments came amid a series of public appearances and social media posts as she trekked across the state flying a World War II-era fighter plane.

Coughlin said Arpaio has a good shot, noting he boasts a loyal core of supporters and has never lost a Republican primary.

"I absolutely refuse to bow down to Sharia law", McSally says, after a narrator discusses her successful fight against a USA military policy that required women to wear head-to-toe garb in Saudi Arabia.