Ariz. Sen. Martha McSally takes aim at Democrat opponent Mark Kelly

FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo, Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., speaks at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

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Former astronaut Mark Kelly is facing a stiff battle for Arizona’s Senate seat, which was once held by late Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and is now occupied by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.).

In a new campaign ad, McSally drew parallels between Kelly and Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.). In the ad, Kelly’s stance on providing health care for all is directly aligned with that of Sanders, who is currently running to unseat President Trump.

Screengrab from Sen. Martha McSally’s official “Bernie Bro” campaign ad.

This is McSally’s second bid for the Senate after she lost in 2018 to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.). McSally was later appointed to the seat, which was previously held by late Sen. John McCain until his death in 2018.

She would need to win this year’s special election to keep the position. The McSally campaign recently released a video featuring several of her supporters, who pushed her to continue serving in the Senate.

“I’m inspired everyday by the incredible stories of resilience,” said Sen. McSally. “Often times, the very things that almost crush us are the things that can help strengthen us and propel us.”

FILE- In this Oct. 2, 2017, file photo former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., right, listens as her husband Mark Kelly, left, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

McSally is a vocal supporter of President Trump. She has slammed Democrats by saying her constituents are “tired of their obstruction, their investigations and their impeachments.”

Kelly has been a champion of strict gun control measures after his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), was nearly killed in a mass shooting in 2011. After a lengthy recovery, Kelly and Giffords began lobbying for states to implement red flag laws and legislation banning the sale of AR-15 style rifles.

McSally is largely expected to take the Republican nomination while Kelly is speculated to be the Democrat front runner. Recent polls showed the pair in a virtual tie, but President Trump said he hopes to cut Kelly’s numbers. He is set to stump for McSally at his rally on Wednesday in Phoenix.

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President Donald Trump arrives at SNHU Arena for a campaign rally, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Buttigieg takes lead in race for Democrat nomination, former mayor gets 26% of Iowa vote

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at Community Oven Pizza for a campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Hampton, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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According to updated results of the Iowa caucuses, Pete Buttigieg is leading the Democrat race for the presidential nomination. Preliminary results from 71 percent of Iowa precincts show the former South Bend mayor carried just under 27 percent of the delegates’ vote.

Buttigieg is closely trailed by Bernie Sanders with 25 percent and Elizabeth Warren with 18 percent. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the vote went to Joe Biden, who was considered a front-runner in the Democrat race.

Iowa Democrats apologized for the delay in releasing the results, while citing an unspecified “technical failure.”

“As chair of the party, I apologize deeply for this,” said Troy Price, chairman of the Iowa Democrat Party. “Last night, we were faced with multiple reporting challenges and decided out of an abundance of caution to protect the integrity of the Iowa caucuses and their results by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data.”

According to officials in the state, the delay was caused by a coding error in election software. Iowa Democrats are expected to roll out more results throughout Wednesday.

Meanwhile, election officials also expressed concern over the low turnout at the recent Democrat caucus. On Tuesday, Dubuque County Democrat Party chairman Steve Drahozal said he was “blown away” after only 217 voters showed up to caucus in a city with a population of 57,000.

Drahozal said Iowa Democrats expected “much higher” turnout, although it did surpass 2016 levels. Observers have said the numbers may reflect fading enthusiasm for the Democrat Party among Iowa voters.

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Some voters in the state have expressed their frustration with the chaos at the caucus, which caused delays in the publication of its results.

“I was a little embarrassed. It’s a great process, we love, we love meeting the people. I have met a lot of the candidates and the young people that come and work for them. I love the process, but I can see where it’s flawed, too.”

— Susan Hawk, Iowa voter

Some Iowa Democrats have even admitted their aggressive campaigning in the rural parts of the state didn’t help improve the turnout numbers this year.

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AOC takes a swipe at Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘present’ vote

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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume on public opinion of impeachment inquiry.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a fellow Democrat, for voting “present” on articles of impeachment against President Trump, saying, “we are sent here to lead.”

Gabbard, the Hawaii Democrat and presidential hopeful, surprised Ocasio-Cortez when she chose not to take a side on such a monumental issue of impeachment.

“Today was very consequential, and to not take a stand one way or another, on a day of such great consequence to this country, I think is quite difficult,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said after the vote. “We are sent here to lead.”

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Gabbard skipped the procedural votes in the morning and just as the first vote on impeachment for abuse of power was winding down, Gabbard stunned with her lone “present” vote. She followed with a second “present” vote on obstruction of Congress.

“Whenever we have a vote, we should vote ‘yes’ and we should vote ‘no,’” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Voting ‘present’ is a very tough position to be in. To not take a stand in a moment that is so consequential, I think it’s quite difficult.

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She continued, “I'm sure she'll be answering [questions] and discussing her rationale in the days ahead.”

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Ocasio-Cortez has supported Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in the 2020 presidential race and suggested Gabbard’s non-committal vote could be a factor in the primary election.

“That’s certainly something that voters will decide. I know a lot of Democrats and just a lot of Americans believe that this president must be held accountable,” the New York Democrat said.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke briefly to reporters outside the Capitol after the impeachment vote as she held her green voting cards she had just used to vote ‘yes’ on the two articles of impeachment against Trump.

The New York Democrat was greeted by well-wishers wanting pictures Wednesday night, but she quickly had to bolt to an awaiting car when a couple of Trump supporters started screaming at her. The men in red caps briefly tussled with her supporters and yelled: “Shame on you, AOC,” and, “You are a traitor to this country!”

Gabbard put out a long statement explaining her present vote as wanting to “make a stand for the center.”

She wrote, “After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.”

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Gabbard added: “I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing.

“I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country.”

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Trump takes the stage at Christmas rally in Michigan as House votes to impeach

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President Trump hosts a 'Keep America Great' rally

The president speaks to supporters as the House votes on Articles of Impeachment.

While the House voted to impeach him, President Trump took the stage in front of thousands of supporters who lined up in the bitterly cold weather for his “Merry Christmas” rally at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.

The rally is the same day that the House of Representatives debated articles of impeachment. For months, House Democrats have been pursuing an inquiry into whether Trump abused his power during a July call with Ukraine.

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"By the way, it doesn't really feel like we're being impeached," Trump opened. "The country is doing better than ever before. We've done nothing wrong."

"The do-nothing Democrats, and they are do nothing, are declaring their deep hatred and disdain for American voter," with the impeachment process, according to Trump. He called impeachment "political suicide." "Have you seen my poll numbers in the last four weeks?" Trump added. "They've been trying to impeach me since before I ran."

A staffer interrupted the speech to inform Trump of the outcome of the impeachment vote, which was 229 in favor, 198 against. Trump pointed out that not one Republican voted in favor of impeachment but three Democrats voted against it. "The Republicans has never been so affronted but they've never been so united as they are right now."

"I'm the first person to ever get impeached and there's no crime!" Trump said, adding that Democrats have "cheapened" the impeachment process.

Trump slammed House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as a "pathological liar" for the dramaticized version of President Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He mocked Schiff for his looks."With Me Too, I never even think about looks anymore, OK? I don't talk about looks of a male or female," Trump said. "I'll say, just one last time, Schiff is not exactly the best-looking guy."

"Didn't he have eight quid pro quos?" Trump said of Schiff's version of his phone call read out on the House floor. "You say it eight times they have you arrested they put you into an insane asylum."

Trump told supporters he was there to "celebrate the miracle of Christmas, the greatness of America and the glory of God." "Do you notice how everybody is saying Merry Christmas again?"

Trump said that Michigan has had the "best year it's ever had" due to auto companies "expanding, thriving, coming in from Japan." "I said, 'Why are you allowing them to steal your car companies? Why are you allowing them to come in from China?'" Trump recounted from a previous speech in front of Michigan lawmakers.

Trump touted the USMCA trade deal, which is expected to pass the House Thursday as a replacement to NAFTA. "We had tremendous trade barriers with Canada, a tax on dairy products… nobody talked about it."

Trump blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D.-Calif., for the deal's delay. "The deal has been sitting with Nancy Pelosi for a long time. She had a lot of pressure from manufacturing farm areas."

"The Democrats try to take credit for this deal and that's okay, whatever it takes," Trump added.

Two protesters rose a sign in the stands with a sign reading "Don the Con you're fired," to echoing boos and "USA" chants throughout the arena. "There's a slob, a real slob. She’ll get hell when she gets back home with mom," Trump chimed in.

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He pivoted back to trade with China. "China’s paying us billions and billions of dollars a year. They never gave us ten cents," he said, adding that he was leaving many of the 25 percent tariffs, allowing for billions in subsidies to farmers.

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Trump takes nasty dig at Pelosi in latest slam of House Dems

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Judy Miller on the unexpected political impact of the proceedings.

President Trump on Sunday took a swipe at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., over her response to a reporter who asked why bribery wasn’t included in the newly unveiled articles of impeachment, despite Democrats – including the speaker herself – having leveled those charges repeatedly against the president throughout impeachment proceedings.

“You yourself accused [Trump] of bribery,” the reporter asked.

“Why did you decide not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment?”

Pelosi said the decision not to include bribery in the articles of impeachment against Trump came after “working together with our committee chairs, our attorneys and the rest.”

In a retweet of Pelosi’s response, Trump wrote that the House speaker’s teeth “were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!”

He then followed up the tweet by writing that “Congressional Do Nothing Democrats are being absolutely decimated in their districts on the subject of the Impeachment Hoax.”

“Crazy Nancy is finding defending Shifty Schiff harder than she thought!” he tweeted, in reference to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., one of the most visible figures of the impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi did not immediately respond.

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Democrats repeatedly have accused Trump of withholding military aid from Ukraine until it investigated former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Trump and the White House have denied he did anything wrong.

After witness testimony last month, Pelosi lobbed the bribery accusation against Trump.

“Bribery—and that is in the Constitution and attached to impeachment proceedings,” Pelosi said. “The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the election—that’s bribery.”

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When asked at the time whether bribery would be included as an article of impeachment, she replied: “We haven’t even made a decision to impeach. That’s what the inquiry is about.”

“I’m saying, [what] the president has admitted to as ‘perfect,’ is bribery,” Pelosi said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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