Former Arizona State Sen. Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City) said Sen. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz) announcement will help her become the next U.S. senator from that state.
Ward, a family physician who unsuccessfully challenged Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in his primary in 2016, was initially preparing to oppose Flake next year.
Now, with Flake leaving, Ward said her message of "a positive way forward" and "new leadership in Washington, D.C." will resonate even better.
Ward said it is time to put "America first" policy in the forefront and to pass President Trump's agenda.
"We have everything in place to get the people of Arizona what they are crying out for: a strong conservative leader in the United States Senate," she said.
Martha MacCallum asked Ward about comparisons that have been made to unsuccessful conservative candidates in the last midterm election.
At the time, Christine O'Donnell of Delaware, Sharron Angle of Nevada and Todd Akin of Missouri were all deemed to be too extreme for mainstream politics.
O'Donnell lost the open seat of retiring Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) to Chris Coons (D-Del.) after the "witch" controversy.
Akin lost to Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) after making questionable public remarks about rape.
Ward dismissed the comparisons as a "common tactic of the establishment" to go after conservatives and "especially conservative women."
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