Istanbul. Paris. Brussels. Dhaka. Orlando. What do all of these places have in common? Within the last several months each location has endured a catastrophic terrorist attack. Hundreds have lost their lives ranging from women, children, and elderly. What is the other common theme? They have all been attacks on innocent civilians perpetrated or claimed by ISIS and other radical Muslim entities.
The United States is at the forefront of the war against terror. Republicans in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate have been the most vocal defenders of our nation and of our men and women in uniform. Republican U.S. Senator John McCain from Arizona has been at the forefront of such debates and discussions. As the Chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee, McCain has oversight of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Military, and other defense related areas and subject matters. As a veteran himself, McCain understands the pros, cons, and human aspect of putting our men and women on the front lines or across the seas.
On the other hand, Kelli Ward–a former State Senator from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, who is running against Sen. McCain–has zero foreign policy experience. On the campaign trail, Ward has even lamented the fact that she has “never voted on a single national security bill.” Frankly, that is not surprising seeing as she chooses to spend her time pandering to conspiracy theorists such as Alex Jones. She also seems to tout her endorsement from former U.S. Representative and failed candidate for President, Ron Paul. Yes, the same Ron Paul who is an isolationist and believes that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the U.S. Government.
Arizona, this election is bigger than just our state. This U.S. Senate election alone can unforeseeably affect the tide of our U.S. Military and the Department of Defense. We can go from having a statesmen, veteran, and world renowned leader in the U.S. Senate to a State Senator who has no foreign policy experience, and who believes in chemtrails and black helicopters. Why would we give up Senator McCain’s valuable leadership and keen understanding of our military in such a dangerous time that we live in?