Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful: McCain, Flake ‘contributed’ in Iowa woman’s death

Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Tuesday said Arizona Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Hill’s Campaign Report: Bad polling data is piling up for Trump Cindy McCain ‘disappointed’ McGrath used image of John McCain in ad attacking McConnell Report that Bush won’t support Trump reelection ‘completely made up,’ spokesman says MORE (R) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism Kelly holds double-digit lead over McSally in Arizona: poll Trump asserts his power over Republicans MORE (R), as well as her primary opponent Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R), helped “contribute” to the death of an Iowa woman who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.

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Ward called McSally an “amnesty advocate” and said that Arizona needs “true leadership in the Senate.”

“The lack of leadership & courage by open border senators like [Flake and McCain], & #amnesty advocate Martha McSally contribute to these senseless deaths,” Ward tweeted on Tuesday, linking to an article about the murdered woman, Mollie Tibbetts. “We need true leadership in the Senate to #BuildTheWall & secure our borders!” 

A spokeswoman for McSally said she would not “dignify” Ward’s comment with a response, The Arizona Republic reported.


National reports have closely followed the search for Tibbetts, who disappeared in July.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday, and police have charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera with her murder. Rivera is a Mexican national in the country illegally, fueling talking points for border security advocates.

McCain and Flake have both long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, even collaborating with Democrats in the 2013 “Gang of Eight,” a group of lawmakers dedicated to passing legislation on the issue.

McCain has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer at his home in Arizona. 

Ward has frequently targeted McSally on the issue of immigration and has positioned herself as a fervent supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and his policies.

An August poll showed McSally with an 8-point lead over Ward heading into the Aug. 28 primary.

This week, Ward hit the road for a “Road to Victory” bus tour alongside Arizona Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarConservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook’s new oversight board Cruz rebukes San Antonio City Council for denouncing ‘Chinese virus’ as hate speech MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants Louisville passes ‘Breonna’s Law’ banning no-knock warrants Rand Paul aide joins Trump campaign, RNC fundraising group MORE (R-Ky.) and Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP lawmakers say Steve King’s loss could help them in November The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden on the cusp of formally grasping the Democratic nomination The Hill’s 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from the protests MORE (R-Iowa).

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