Mark Kelly launches Senate run in Arizona

April FrancisFeb 15, 2019

McSally ran in 2018 for Arizona's other Senate seat, but lost to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, who previously served in the House of Represenatives. He also cites the importance of access to affordable health care, a strong economy and recognizing the signs of climate change that are creating a drought in the desert.

"Partisanship and polarization and gerrymandering and corporate money have ruined our politics, and it's divided us", the 54-year-old adds.

Kelly retired from the Navy as a Captain; McSally retired from the Air Force as a Colonel. "By the time I met Gabby, I had already flown my first two flights on the space shuttle", he says before turning to his wife, former Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and asking, "You remember when you first entered Congress for the first time?" McSally leaned heavily on her record as the first woman to fly a combat mission as a fighter pilot, but she was hurt by her embrace of Donald Trump.

"We've seen this retreat from science and data and facts", he said, without giving specifics.

The victor of the 2020 election will see out the remainder of McCain's term, but would also have to run again in 2022 to secure a full, six-year term. The seat will be on the ballot again in 2022 for a full six-year term.

It's unclear whether Kelly will have a clear path to the Democratic nomination.

While everyone is starting to think about the 2020 presidential race and consider what the Democratic candidates are proposing to do if they win, there's an unspoken presumption behind their ambitious plans, that they would actually stand some chance of passing through Congress.

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Swigert, a Republican, was elected to represent the 6th Congressional District of Colorado but died in 1982 before taking office.

Mark Kelly has been a Navy pilot and an astronaut, but he's now setting his sights on a new goal: Arizona senator. Given the fact that Kelly has in many ways become the political voice of his family since Giffords shooting, especially on the issue of gun control, this move isn't entirely surprising.

Ms Giffords was severely wounded in a mass shooting on January 8 2011.

Six others were killed in the attack. "So because of that I've decided I'm launching a campaign for the United States Senate", Kelly said in a video released on his Twitter page. "Turned out that you were the one who had the risky job".

McCain's seat is now held by Republican Martha McSally, who was appointed past year by the governor.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Sen.

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