Arizona Congresswoman Martha McSally announced her intention to run for the senate seat at a plane hangar in Tucson on Friday morning.
"I'm not really sure what's motivating him other than personal gratification", said David Wells, an Arizona State University political-science professor.
The spot leans heavily on her experience as the first female combat fighter pilot and portrays her as an ally of the president.
"That's why I told Washington Republicans to grow a pair of ovaries and get the job done", she added.
U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.
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"As a member of the wildly unpopular Republican Congress, Mitch McConnell's handpicked candidate Rep. McSally has spent her career as a reliable vote for corporate special interests and Wall Street, not Arizona families", J.B. Poersch, the organization's president, said in a statement.
McSally is running off the platform that, right now, only she - and not her Republican rivals Kelli Ward and Joe Arpaio - are actually in office attempting to pass legislation. "Now, I am running for the Senate to fight the fights that must be won - on national security, economic security and border security". The late former senator Barry Goldwater, R-Ariz., and Sen.
Democrats in the Senate primary include Deedra Abboud, Bob Bishop, Cheryl Fowler, Chris Russell and U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is considered the front-runner.
But Democrats aren't her only target in the video, as the congresswoman also boasts of putting Republicans in their place in another head-turning one-liner.
Since Flake's surprise retirement announcement, McSally has sought to raise her profile by piling up appearances on Fox News and has posted on social media pictures of herself with Trump, whom she avoided discussing throughout the 2016 elections and for months more after he entered the White House.
It also muddies what could be a crowded GOP primary for the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. "It will drain the GOP's resources, demoralize their voters, and expose the flaws in each of their candidates".
Ward, who has been backed by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon, has framed her campaign as an extension of Trump's "America First agenda", although that could be more hard now that Trump is feuding with Bannon. She scored a decisive re-election win in 2016 over Democrat Matt Heinz.
A general-election victory by McSally, Ward or Sinema would send Arizona's first woman US senator to Washington.