• Arizona GOP Senate candidate: John McCain, Jeff Flake contributed to Io

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    Kelli Ward said Tuesday that U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff
    Flake's lack of "leadership" and "courage" was partly to blame
    for the death of an Iowa girl whom authorities say was killed by
    an undocumented immigrant.

    At the same time, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate hit her
    front-running Republican primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Martha
    McSally, calling her an "amnesty advocate."

    On Twitter, Ward, a former state senator from Lake Havasu City,
    linked to a Fox News story about Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts,
    who disappeared on July 18 while jogging. Cristhian Bahena
    Rivera, an undocumented immigrant and Mexican national who lived
    in Iowa told police he killed her in a panic after she tried to
    call for help, court records say.

    MORE: Undocumented immigrant charged with murder in killing of
    Iowa student

    Ward tweeted: "The lack of leadership & courage by open border
    senators like (Arizona Republicans Flake and McCain) amnesty
    advocate Martha McSally contribute to these senseless deaths. We
    need true leadership in the Senate to #BuildTheWall & secure our

    She encouraged followers to vote for her in the Aug. 28 primary.

    Dr. Kelli Ward
    The lack of leadership & courage by open border senators like
    @JeffFlake, @SenJohnMcCain, & #amnesty advocate Martha McSally
    contribute to these senseless deaths. We need true leadership in
    the Senate to #BuildTheWall & secure our borders! #VoteWard
    #AZSEN http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/21/mollie-tibbetts- murder-suspect-idd-as-cristhian-rivera-24-living-in-us-

    4:03 PM - Aug 21, 2018

    A spokeswoman for McSally's campaign said she would not
    "dignify" Ward's comment with a response.

    The Republican Senate candidates are in a three-way primary race
    that also includes former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio,
    another border hard-liner. The primary election is Aug. 28.

    Like President Donald Trump did as a candidate in 2016, Ward has
    largely campaigned on her views of stringent, enforcement-
    focused proposals to crack down illegal immigration in her bid
    for the Republican nomination. She routinely lashes out against
    McCain who handily defeated her in his 2016 primary and
    Flake, the retiring Republican incumbent.

    For years, the senators have advocated for comprehensive
    immigration reform and in 2013 collaborated with Democrats as
    part of the Gang of Eight. The group's legislation sought to
    balance a pathway to citizenship for millions of people without
    legal status who had settled in the United States with an
    unprecedented investment in border security and a modernized
    visa system. The bipartisan bill cleared the Senate, but the
    House didn't act on it.

    On border security and illegal immigration, Ward's ideas echo
    the proposals that propelled Trump to the White House in 2016
    with the help of Arizona. Yet polling suggests she is lagging
    behind McSally in the Senate race.

    The winner of Tuesday's Republican primary election will face
    the Democratic nominee. U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is the front-
    runner against activist and attorney Deedra Abboud.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/08/2 1/mollie-tibbetts-kelli-ward-says-john-mccain-jeff-flake- contributed-iowa-girls-death/1059023002/

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