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VOA: Trump’s Supporters in US Southwest Applaud His Policies

Mike O'Sullivan, writing for VOA:

Out of a small office in Phoenix, another Trump supporter, physician Kelli Ward, is running her campaign for the U.S. Senate. Ward is a former Arizona state senator who challenged U.S. Senator John McCain in the 2016 Republican primary election.

She lost a hard-fought race, but has embarked on another run, this time against Arizona’s junior senator, Republican Jeff Flake. She says both McCain and Flake are Republican in name, but are not conservative — or real Trump supporters — on a range of important issues, such as illegal immigration.

“I see the effects ... on our health care system,” she said, endorsing the president’s crackdown on unauthorized migrants.

She looks to Trump to reverse the ACA, to cut taxes and to make more cautious use of the U.S. military. Her husband, Michael, has spent more than 30 years in the U.S. military, either on active duty or as a reservist.

Read the full story at VOA News.


Phoenix Should Never be a Sanctuary City

Conservative Republican US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward joined with conservative activists across Phoenix in demanding the City Council reject a petition to declare the state capital a “sanctuary city.”  Letters to the Mayor and each member of the City Council declared her opposition to such an idea and reminded them that it is their duty to uphold the law – not break it.

Said Dr. Ward, “Turning Phoenix, our capital city, into a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants may impose unnecessary and overwhelming financial burdens on taxpayers. We must not implement any policy that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally.”

Ward continued, “Now more than ever, it is essential that local, state, and federal governments work together with local and federal law-enforcement to protect our fellow Americans and to guarantee that all of our laws are upheld, not selectively enforced or even ignored. We are a country of laws. Phoenix should be a shining example in America, not a place where law and order is put on the back burner.”

In 2012, Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate and was unopposed for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency department in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.

Noted as the most conservative member of the Arizona State Senate, in 2015 she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate against 34-year incumbent John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10 to 1, Kelli Ward held McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51%.

In October, Kelli announced that she will challenge Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's biggest foes, in the 2018 primary election.


New Polling Has Flake in Freefall

Tempe, AZ – Conservative Republican US Senate Candidate Kelli Ward revealed today polling that shows a continued slide for current US Senator Jeff Flake with Dr. Ward now leading 30% to 23% in the 2018 GOP primary. Flake, once at 31% in two polls in November, has fallen while Ward continues to show a solid base of 30%.

Florida polling firm Political Marketing International interviewed 921 likely Arizona Republican primary voters on February 7 and found 272 (30%) chose Kelli Ward, 213 (23%) chose Jeff Flake, and 436 (47%) were undecided. The margin of error was 5% with everyone polled having voted in three of the last three GOP primary elections. Earlier in November Ward was shown to have 74% Name ID statewide and was trailing Flake 31%-29%. A separate poll by Axiom Strategies had similar results.

Said Dr. Ward, “I look forward to continuing to build on the momentum that simply has not stopped since the 2016 primary. People are thrilled about the prospect of a competent, qualified, capable Arizona Senator who listens to the people of our state.”

With Flake’s numbers constantly falling and just over $500,000 in the bank while the average US Senator has $3 million on hand, Jeff Flake is in the worst re-election position of any member of the US Senate both Republican and Democrat.

In 2012, Kelli entered politics by running for a seat in the Arizona State Senate and was unopposed for reelection in 2014. While serving in office, she continued to practice medicine in the emergency department in Lake Havasu City and Kingman, Arizona.

Noted as the most conservative member of the Arizona State Senate, in 2015 she announced her candidacy for the United States Senate against 34-year incumbent John McCain in the Republican primary in the 2016 election. Despite being outspent 10 to 1, Kelli Ward held McCain to his lowest historical primary total ever at 51%.

In October, Kelli announced that she will challenge Republican Senator Jeff Flake, one of President Trump's biggest foes, in the 2018 primary election.

Media contact: Howie Morgan (662) 832-8882 or Press@KelliWard.com


Kelli Ward on the Cuban Government

The sight of soldiers pushing the jeep carrying Fidel Castro’s ashes reminds the world that Socialism and Communism is a failed ideology.

It was a fitting tribute to a savage dictator whose legacy was a brutal and violent “revolution” that turned Cuba into a totalitarian economic backwater.

Yet at a time when the Cuban government is at its weakest point, some like Arizona Senator Jeff Flake suggest opening the doors to American markets for Cuban goods without any concessions from the Cubans.  None.  Zero.

With repression against Cuban nationals on the rise and Iran and Russia preparing spy bases on the island, the threat from Cuba remains as strong as ever.

And Venezuela’s economic collapse takes away a critical economic lifeline to the Castro Dictatorship sorely needed after the Russians pulled out.

Outgoing President Barack Obama’s unilateral concessions to Cuba by the United States, including reopening our embassy, in the hopes that something will change has failed.  Americans gave Donald Trump a mandate to put some backbone in our foreign policy.

What better place to start than with Cuba?  Because our negotiating position has never been better.

Cuba wants to export sugar, rum and cigars to a lucrative American market.  But before that can happen there needs to be a discussion of the billions of dollars in property confiscated by Castro’s thugs with machine guns.  There needs to be discussions about elections and freedom of the press and religion.

And there needs to be a discussion about extraditing the violent thugs, cop-killers and terrorists taking refuge in Cuba free from punishment.

The Castro regime needs to understand that our nation has a new leader who puts America and American interests first.  The days of unilateral concessions to the Cuban Dictatorship are over.

This is one of many areas where I strongly disagree with the incumbent Senator, Jeff Flake.

Since arriving in Washington nearly twenty years ago, Jeff Flake has made supporting the Castro Brothers one of his top priorities.  But unfortunately, like so much of what the Senator has done in his time in DC, it’s more about helping everyone but the people he represents.

Senator Flake, and others who support opening our markets to Cuban products, argues that this unilateral concession will also benefit Americans through increased trade.

Unfortunately, these unilateral concessions aren’t working out very well for our country.  Whether it’s bad trade deals with countries around the world or a weak foreign policy that breeds disrespect for our nation, Americans had enough and elected Donald Trump, along with strong majorities in the Senate and House, to do something about it.

Our new president has a mandate to put America first in his dealings with other countries, and Cuba should be no exception.

The President must make clear that before American markets are open to Cuban goods, and before his nation can benefit from the billions of dollars American tourism will bring, there must be concessions.  Freedom of the press, speech and religion must be expanded.  Cuba can no longer serve as a military base for nations that wish to destroy us.  And the question of claims against the Castro government for property seized more than a half century ago must be brought to a resolution in favor of those who have suffered for decades.

Cuba can and will be a free nation again someday and hopefully that day will come soon.  But it requires our leaders to back up our president and give him the support he needs to make the best deal for our country when dealing with these tyrants.

Not some other country.

The Obama Administration’s agenda giving the Cuban government free access to American markets without any concessions is as silly as the Obama policy that allows high-crime liberal cities to enact “sanctuary city” policies to protect illegal aliens from arrest.

There’s a new sheriff in town.

And I predict that he’s going to move fast to find a solution to a problem that has knotted up presidents for the last fifty plus years.

Arizona has two Republican U.S. Senators who refused to support President-Elect Trump in this year’s election.  I hope our two Senators will listen to Arizona voters and trust the President to make the best deal for the American people.

This is about national security, not whether McDonald’s can open in Havana.  We must never forget that.  Countless numbers of Americans of Cuban descent certainly cannot forget that their loved ones were tortured and savagely murdered by a brutal dictatorship with no regard for the freedoms we as Americans take for granted every day.

Viva Cuba Libre.

This article appeared in The Narrative Times on February 8, 2017


Ward Hails Sessions AG Pick

Ward to Senators McCain and Flake: Confirm Senator Sessions for AG

Republican US Senate candidate Kelli Ward today praised President-elect Trump’s selection of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and urged Arizona’s two US Senators to back his confirmation.

“Senator Sessions has been a bold and strong advocate for the conservative agenda that elected Donald Trump.  He will reverse the dangerous leftist Justice Department agenda put in place by Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.  I urge both Senator McCain and Senator Flake to support his confirmation to this critical post,” Ward said.

“Under Holder and Lynch the Justice Department has become an arm of the Democratic National Committee and has been obsessed with terrorizing small businesses, local governments and individual citizens into conforming to the radical Obama Administration Agenda,” Ward added.

Dr. Ward held Senator John McCain to just 51 percent of the vote in the 2016 Republican Primary and is a candidate against Jeff Flake in the 2018 election. She represented Northwest Arizona in the State Senate for 2 terms prior to her race against McCain.


Happy Veterans Day!

On this Veterans Day, we are reminded that we need to fix the disastrous VA Health system.

With veterans continuing to die while waiting in line, we need to urge President-Elect Trump and our congress that our amazing veterans should not be waiting in line to get care, but rather, should be able to seek care anywhere, at any time.

I've been supporting veterans and our military for my entire life.

As a child, my grandmother would take us to our local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post for every holiday, parade, and event. As an adult, I've been a supportive military wife and have worried and waited for my husband to return from Iraq where he was being rocketed on a daily basis. My husband continues to serve in the Arizona Air National Guard and has served our country in uniform for over 32 years. That’s why I’m a life member of the VFW (Ladies) Auxiliary.

Since Mike and I moved to Arizona in 1999, and throughout my time as a state legislator, I’ve been a steadfast supporter of the Arizona National Guard and all members of the military in Arizona.

As a doctor, I've made a difference in people's lives via medicine and compassion — I care for veterans and have done so for over 20 years.

It’s as important as ever that we honor our veterans by fixing the disastrous VA and ensure that they receive the best healthcare this country has to offer — without red tape and bureaucracy.

Join my veteran team by clicking here.

Contribute to my campaign for the US Senate.

Thank a veteran today and every day,

Kelli


Let's Take Our Country Back!

It is decision day!

Today, our nation will make a critical decision that will impact the direction of our country for generations.

Donald Trump's "America first" agenda is such a threat to the establishment gravy train, they are willing to let the Clinton Crime Family return to the White House. As a successful and independently wealthy business mogul, Donald Trump will "Make America Great Again" by improving our economy, allowing us to become energy independent, ending the failed Obamacare, saving us from the liberal take-over of the Supreme Court, fighting radical Islam, ending the Syrian refugee program amid security concerns, strengthening our military, securing our borders, enabling school choice and elevating America’s role in the world.

Even without the LONG history of Clinton corruption, Hillary's dangerous agenda would be devastating for our country. She will shred the Constitution, enshrine Obamacare, further open our borders, continue to kill our babies, give our great jobs away to foreign countries and continue to sell access to our government’s highest offices to the highest bidder.

For all those reasons and so many more, we must not allow Hillary and her NeverTrump allies to take the White House. Go vote, encourage and help your patriotic friends vote, and let’s make America Safe, Healthy and Strong Again, Let’s Make America Great Again!

After the election, we will deal with Flake and NeverTrump. If you'd like to join us in that fight please share this with other patriots and join our mailing list.

As always, contributions to my campaign for US Senate can be made here


Don't Let Flake and "NeverTrump" Hand The Election To Hillary

Tomorrow our nation will make a critical decision that will impact the direction of our country for generations. Unbelievably, a group of open border Republicans -- led by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake -- is working to hand the presidency to Crooked Hillary by sabotaging Donald Trump in Arizona.

Tomorrow our nation will make a critical decision that will impact the direction of our country for generations. Unbelievably, a group of open border Republicans -- led by Arizona Senator Jeff Flake -- is working to hand the presidency to Crooked Hillary by sabotaging Donald Trump in Arizona. 

Despite the treachery of the "NeverTrump" globalists, we must deliver Arizona's electoral votes to Donald Trump by getting all the sensible people we know to the polls. If Flake and his ilk succeed in delivering Arizona to Hillary, there is almost no path for Donald Trump to win.  

Donald Trump's "America first" agenda is such a threat to the establishment gravy train for Flake and NeverTrump, they are willing to let the Clinton Crime Family return to the White House. As a successful and independently wealthy business mogul, Donald Trump will "Make America Great Again" by putting our government back to work for Americans first. He'll close the border, rebuild the military, and negotiate trade deals that don't send our jobs overseas. 

Even without the LONG history of Clinton corruption, Hillary's dangerous agenda would be devastating for our country.  

    • Hillary intends to shred the constitution by appointing liberal activist judges to the Supreme Court. The damage to freedom of speech, religion freedom, privacy and the right to bear arms will span generations.  
    • Hillary's election will enshrine the Obamacare disaster that has caused Arizona insurance premiums to skyrocket by more than 100% just  this year.
    • Hillary is an open borders activist who told foreign bankers in a private speech revealed by Wikileaks that her "dream" is a "hemispheric common market with open trade and open borders".
    • Hillary is an advocate for last-minute abortion (even in the 9th month of pregnancy).
    • Hillary is wholly owned by anyone who will contribute to her personal enrichment including foreign Islamic governments.  

For all those reasons and so many more, we must not allow Hillary and her NeverTrump allies to take the White House by winning Arizona. Make a plan to vote, encourage and help your patriotic friends vote, and if you know anyone being duped by Flake and NeverTrump make sure they know what's at stake by putting a radical criminal like Hillary in the White House.  

After the election tomorrow, we will deal with Flake and NeverTrump. If you'd like to join us in that fight please share this with other patriots and join our mailing list.

As always, contributions can be made here.

To victory,

Kelli


Kelli Ward for US Senate


Dr Kelli Ward enters 2018 US Senate race

Former Arizona state senator Kelli Ward announced on Wednesday that she will challenge Flake, whom she described as a “big government globalist,” in 2018. In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Ward said:

“The #NeverTrump movement led by Sen. Jeff Flake has been an appalling example of power gone awry to the detriment of our country. We have a chance to elect a successful businessman with a plan to lead our country and Mr. Flake just can’t get on board. He’d rather have another DC insider with a known history of corruption at the helm."

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake has just earned a primary challenge in 2018 because of his efforts to undermine the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

Former Arizona state senator Kelli Ward announced on Wednesday that she will challenge Flake, whom she described as a “big government globalist,” in 2018. In an exclusive statement to Breitbart News, Ward said:

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“The #NeverTrump movement led by Sen. Jeff Flake has been an appalling example of power gone awry to the detriment of our country. We have a chance to elect a successful businessman with a plan to lead our country and Mr. Flake just can’t get on board. He’d rather have another DC insider with a known history of corruption at the helm.

Flake has claimed that he is not a member of #NeverTrump, even though he now says he will not vote for Donald Trump and has spent months undermining the Republican nominee’s candidacy.

Ward continued:

Regardless of the results of the presidential election, it will take more than one election cycle to drain the swamp of big government globalists like Mr. Flake. I’m willing to work hard to make sure that Arizona has real independent Republican representation. I will need the help of all of the voters out there who want to make America great again. The only way we change DC is by changing the people we send there.

The Washington Post reported in August that Flake goes out of his way to tell Arizona voters how much he “despises” the Republican nominee and has been “openly hopeful” about the prospect of working with a Clinton-Kaine administration.

“Even when no one asks him about Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake makes sure the audience knows how much he despises the Republican presidential nominee,” The Washington Post reported.

“He’s now openly hopeful about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s dealings with Congress if she defeats Trump, boasting about his close friendship with her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) […] He told reporters that he has ‘communicated’ with Kaine since the nomination and believes he could be an emissary for bipartisan deals in the Capitol during a Clinton administration.”

Flake suggested that everyday voters, who express frustrations at Republican rallies with chants about what they see as Clinton’s criminality, are “crazy conspiracy” theorists, according to the Washington Post report.

Flake has also seemingly encouraged his colleagues who endorsed Trump to consider abandoning their support for the Republican nominee.

When Trump questioned the objectivity of Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a member of La Raza Lawyers of San Diego, Flake suggested his colleagues use the media’s pile-on as an “opportunity” and an “off-ramp” from supporting Trump.

“I think there will come a time where you simply can’t support him [Trump] anymore. That time came for me a while ago. There’s always hope that he could change, but that hope is diminishing. So I do think this is a perfect opportunity, the off-ramp that [Sen.] Lindsey Graham talked about,” Flake said.

Throughout the race, Flake has made clear that his opposition to Trump stems in large part from Trump’s policy positions. Indeed, on some of the most significant policy issues facing the nation today, Flake sides with Clinton over Trump and the American electorate. Most notably, both Flake and Clinton are proponents of the open borders trade and immigration policies supported by globalist corporate donors.

“I want our Republican nominee to succeed,” Flake told Politico in July, but “not with the positions he has taken.”

Many of the positions where Flake has expressed opposition to Trump are issues where Flake’s vision is opposed by the vast majority of the Republican electorate—and the American electorate at large.

Flake recently argued that Congress should “suck up” and ratify President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement despite the fact that American public overwhelmingly objects to deal.

In fact, public opposition to the deal was so great that Hillary Clinton–who, like Flake, had been a vocal proponent of the deal– was forced to rhetorically distance herself from it throughout the campaign.

Arizona suffered a net loss of 21,000 jobs in 2015 alone due to the U.S. trade deficit with TPP countries, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Arizona lost more than a quarter of all of its manufacturing jobs since China entered the WTO– which was negotiated by Bill Clinton and supported by Hillary.

According to a recent POLITICO Pro-Harvard poll, 85 percent of Republicans believe that so-called “free trade” has lost more U.S. jobs than it has created. Only a vanishing 8 percent of Republicans believe that so-called “free trade” has led to higher wages for U.S. workers.

Yet during a July interview with Business Insider, Sen. Flake defended Bill Clinton’s controversial legacy on trade insisting, “NAFTA is not a dirty word.”

Polling data suggests otherwise. By a nearly two-to-one margin, voters said that they agree with Trump and believe that NAFTA “is the worst trade deal in modern American history, and that TPP is almost as bad,” according to a recent Breitbart/Gravis poll.

Hillary Clinton supported NAFTA, the WTO, and China’s entrance into the WTO. Like Flake, Clinton has a long record of supporting the TPP. As Bloomberg reported in 2013, Hillary Clinton took on a “leading part in drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership.” CNN has reported that Clinton is on the record as having praised or promoted the TPP at least 45 times.

Trump has repeatedly warned American voters that if Clinton is elected President, she will “immediately approve” the TPP.

Similarly on the issue of immigration, Sen. Flake, who supports dramatically expanding immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent, has repeatedly opposed Trump’s calls for immigration controls.

In July, the Arizona Senator insisted that Trump’s plan to secure the southern border was not “advisable”.

“To think that we’d have a wall like Donald Trump is talking about across our 225-mile border with Mexico from California to Texas isn’t very feasible, nor advisable,” the Gang of Eight Senator said.

Flake has also expressed his opposition to Trump’s proposal to temporarily pause Muslim migration– despite the fact that polls show a majority of the Republican electorate supports it.

Flake described Trump’s desire to pause the large-scale importation of Islamic migrants— some of whom may support anti-American ideologies that are incompatible with Western values— as “lunacy,” and “just awful, frankly.”

“Just when you think he can’t stoop any lower, he manages to do so,” Flake said in December after Trump announced the proposal. “He won’t be the nominee.”

In response to Trump’s proposal, Flake decided to support a Democrat-backed amendment that essentially codified the claim that foreign nationals have a global right to immigrate into the United States—a principle which Clinton’s campaign recently indicated she similarly supports.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, who opposed the amendment, explained that it would “constitute a transformation of our immigration system. In effect, it is a move toward the ratification of the idea that global migration is a ‘human right’, and a civil right… and that these so-called ‘immigrants’ rights’ must be supreme to the rights of sovereign nations to determine who can and cannot enter their borders.”

Yet Flake’s longstanding support for expanding immigration levels is well documented.

Most notably, in 2013, as a member of the so-called Gang of Eight, Flake worked with Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Chuck Schumer to pass President Obama’s immigration agenda. The bill, which would have granted amnesty to the illegal population “on day one” of its enactment, would have also massively expanded immigration levels—dispensing 33 million green cards to foreign nationals in the span of a single decade.

Similarly in January of 2015, Flake joined Rubio in co-sponsoring an extreme immigration expansion bill—known as the I-Squared Act. The bill would have allowed for a virtually unlimited expansion of Muslim immigration and of college graduates into the United States.

Critics of the 2015 bill argued that its massive expansion of the controversial H-1B program would hurt American workers and would allow employers to replace them with lower-wage foreign workers.

However, this might not be much of a concern for Sen. Flake. In 2015, Flake voted to confirm Attorney General Loretta Lynch after she had made clear her belief that an American worker is no more entitled to an American job than is any foreign national who is able to cross the border illegally.

“I believe the right and the obligation to work is one that is shared by everyone in this country, regardless of how they came here,” Lynch said when asked whether American citizens and lawful immigrants already here have more of a right to a U.S. job than illegal immigrants.

Flake chose to support Lynch even after she had expressed her support for Obama’s executive action to nullify and suspend U.S. immigration law.

However, this is perhaps not surprising given that Flake did not take a firm stand in fighting President Obama’s executive amnesty. In fact, as Townhall reported last year in an article entitled, “Jeff Flake Aides Democrat Efforts To Rubber Stamp Obama’s Amnesty”:

“Sen. Jeff Flake sided with Senate Democrats Wednesday, pleading with Senate Republicans to abandon their effort to check President Obama’s constitutional overreach, and instead rubber stamp his executive amnesty.”

The article notes that in a Senate speech, Flake said that Republicans should not “poke the president in the eye” by using Congress’ power of the purse to stop Obama’s executive overreach.

Flake eventually went on to vote for executive amnesty by opposing efforts to deny funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty in DHS appropriations, and supporting a proposal that would provide full and unrestricted funding for the unconstitutional amnesty.

For years, Flake has also been a defender of open borders. In 2014, Flake defended Jeb Bush’s declaration that illegal immigration is “an act of love”.

“In a four-paragraph statement posted on Facebook, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Bush deserves praise for his comments, saying: ‘I agree with Jeb, and I applaud him for having the guts to say it,’” Politico reported at the time.

Flake praised Bush for speaking “so humanely and unapologetically about the motivations” of illegal immigrants— writing that while “some come with intent to do harm or simply take advantage of our generosity… many come to find work to feed their families. To lump everyone who crosses the border illegally into the same class is unfair and unproductive.”

According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, illegal immigration costs Arizona taxpayers roughly $2.6 billion annually.

In 1960, two years before Jeff Flake was born, the foreign born population of his home state of Arizona was 70,000. By 2013, there were nearly one million foreign-born residents in Arizona (896,310), which represents a population larger than the size of San Francisco.

This transformation was largely the result of a 1965 immigration bill, which lifted Calvin Coolidge’s immigration caps and opened up American immigration visas to the entire world. The bill resulted in an explosion of America’s foreign-born population from 9.6 million in 1965 to roughly 45 million today.

Today, as a result of our federal immigration policies, the U.S. admits more immigrants in a single year than there are Jeff Flake voters in all of Arizona.

Yet Flake has pushed policies to make that figure even larger, despite the fact that 92 percent of the GOP electorate, and 83 percent of the American electorate overall, would like to see immigration levels frozen or reduced.

Read the full article here: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/27/senator-flake-gets-2018-primary-opposing-trump/