Trump Ties Sinema to Schumer Even Though She Says She Won’t Support Him

Roll Call | 10/19/2018 | Lindsey McPherson
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President Donald Trump, rallying in Arizona on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally, sought to tie her Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema, to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer even though Sinema said she won’t support him.

A vote for Sinema is “dangerous” because “it’s for Schumer, crying Chuck,” Trump told rallygoers Friday night at an airport hangar in Mesa.

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Sinema, however, has said she would not vote for Schumer to remain the Democratic leader if elected to the Senate.

The Arizona Senate seat, left open by the retirement of GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, is a rare Democratic pickup opportunity in a cycle in which they’re mostly on defense. Democrats haven’t won a Senate race in Arizona in 30 years, and they’d have to end that drought to have any realistic shot of winning back the chamber this year.

Elections - Nathan - L - Gonzales - Rates

Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the race between McSally and Sinema a Toss-up.

Trump on Friday also referred to Sinema as “a far-left extremist,” contrary to her voting record in the House.

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The three-term congresswoman, who represents the Phoenix-area 9th District, has aligned with more centrist Democrats as a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the pro-business New Democrat Coalition. She presents herself as someone who can work across the aisle and stand up to party leaders.

“This approach works to just be an independent voice. Don’t follow what the party leaders are saying. Get beyond the Washington dysfunction and just work together to deliver results for our state,” Sinema said on a press call earlier Friday that featured endorsements from a handful of Arizona Republicans.

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Trump invited McSally onstage to speak during the rally, and she also criticized her opponent, repeating some of her familiar attack lines.

McSally, who’s in her second term representing the Tucson-area 2nd District, pointed...
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