Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona

Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat in Arizona

Gun Rights

Retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly waits to speak during a press conference where he joined his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and other anti-gun violence activists and victims’ families in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) PHOENIX (AP) – Retired astronaut Mark Kelly, who became a prominent gun-control advocate after his wife, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, announced Tuesday he will run to finish John McCain’s last term in the U.S. Senate. If he wins the Democratic nomination, Kelly would take on Republican Martha McSally in what is expected to be one of the most closely contested Senate races of the 2020 election. My next mission… #FullSpeedAhead #ForArizona pic.twitter.com/5E36z7aztH — Mark Kelly (@ShuttleCDRKelly) February 12, 2019 Kelly described himself as an independent-minded centrist who will take a scientist’s data-driven approach to solve problems such as climate change, wage stagnation and health care affordability. "You see a lot of partisanship in Washington and a lot of polarization, and to some extent we’ve created that," Kelly told The Associated Press. "It’s going to take people who are more independent to fix it. Arizonans value independence." If Kelly is nominated the race would pit the Navy veteran and astronaut against McSally, a trailblazing Air Force pilot, in the contest to replace McCain, a legendary Navy flyer who was famously shot down and held captive in North Vietnam. McSally is a former Republican congresswoman who was appointed to McCain’s seat after she narrowly lost to […]

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