“Betrayal” comment aroused fiercely competitive race in Arizona

Senate WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally accused her opponent in the fiercely competitive race of the United States Senate in Arizona, democratic U.S. representative Kyrsten “Sinema, the” his “OK” betrayal “as the two were in their only debate.

McSally focuses increasingly on Sinemas past as anti war protesters and progressive activist, an advantage before the elections on November 6.

recent opinion polls the Democrat show with a slight edge in the race for the seat of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, a prominent Republican critics of President Donald Trump to retire instead.

Democrats see it as an opportunity, they need a pick up two additional seats for a majority of the Senate, with which they more effective counter Trump agenda could.

McSally waited until late in the Monday’s debate to give an interview, Sinema was in 2003, when a local radio host posits a hypothetical question about a person, the decision to join the Taliban. Sinema replied: “well, no matter whether you want to do that.” Go ahead.”

McSally, a former fighter pilot in the air force accused of Sinema, who said: “It is OK to commit high treason.”

the radio interview was first reported by CNN.

Sinema McSallys claim not directly entered into but that McSally had resorted to “Smearing” her campaign charged.

“they tried only to cut, cut, cut and not the full picture to share,” Sinema said. “The truth is that I have fought more for Arizona.”

Sinema campaign said that McSally educated, distract the subject from topics such as health care. “Congressman McSally the line with this desperate attack crossed,” said campaign spokeswoman Helen Hare.

the National Republican Senatorial Committee criticized on Tuesday for the Taliban’s refusal to apologize Sinema comments.

Sinema have changed politics since she was elected first in the year 2013. They joined a moderate democratic coalition and has one of the more conservative voting records among Democrats in the U.S. House of representatives.

that has not met, McSally prevent up Sinema of the liberal past as she tried Trump supporters in a State to plating, he won in the year 2016.

in an e-mail message to the fans on Tuesday warned that media was “fake news” McSally twist their words. On Friday, Trump held a rally for McSally in Mesa, Arizona.

in the last month, accused the Republican President a member of his administration, wrote an anonymous opinion article in the New York Times of “Treason.”

Martha McSally greets their supporters in election night after winning the Republican primary for the open U.S. Senate seat in Tempe, Arizona, United States, 28 August 2018 image 28 August 2018 REUTERS/Nicole Neri

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