September 23, 2020 Press Releases

WATCH: Mark Kelly Joins “The View” to Talk Supreme Court, Coronavirus, and November Election


Today, U.S. Navy veteran and candidate for US Senate Mark Kelly joined ABC’s “The View” to talk about the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the failed coronavirus response, and why Arizona is ready for the independent leadership he will bring if elected to the Senate.

“Arizonans really like independent leadership — folks that are willing to work across the aisle to get things done for Arizonans and the American people,” said Kelly. “They want change. They’re worried about their health care, they’re worried about Social Security, they’re worried about Medicare becoming a voucher program […] And often, Washington has been failing the state of Arizona on these issues. I think [Arizonans] are looking for change and independent leadership.”  

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On the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

[1:40]: “With regards to women’s rights and civil rights —  she was just such an icon and Friday was a sad day for the country.”

On Arizona’s US Senate special election

[2:17]: “This is to complete the term of Senator John McCain, so regardless of who wins, once the vote is certified in Arizona in accordance with the law, that person should be promptly seated to work for Arizonans. We have incredibly challenging issues we’re facing here, and I think Arizona’s ready for some independent leadership. They’re concerned about health care, pre-existing conditions. They’re concerned about protecting Social Security and Medicare.”

On working across the aisle to invest in infrastructure, lower health care costs

[5:27]: “Infrastructure is something that our country really needs, especially here in Arizona. We have 22 tribal communities — they’re really suffering. They need roads and better criminal justice facilities. The schools often need to be rebuilt — I’ve visited a lot of these schools. […] The President also talks about addressing the issue of the high price of prescription medication. I’d totally be on board working with him on that. For me, it doesn’t matter if any idea is an idea from a Democrat or a Republican — if it’s a good idea, I will work with anybody if it’s in the best interest of our state and the best interest of our country.”

On Arizona becoming “a blue state”

[0:27]: “First of all, I don’t know who hands out the colors. I think Arizonans really like independent leadership, folks that are willing to work across the aisle to get things done for Arizona and the American people. […] And I think they want change — they are really worried about their health care, they’re worried about Social Security, they’re worried about Medicare becoming a voucher program, and so many other things. We have climate issues here, border security issues, and often Washington has been failing the state of Arizona on these issues, so I think they’re looking for change and independent leadership.”

On the failed coronavirus response

[3:41]: “I care a lot about science, data, math, and facts. The math is pretty clear on this — we have four percent of the world’s population and I think 22 percent of the fatalities from COVID-19. So, that metric really speaks for itself — we have not done a good job. I’d say we have done a very poor job. If you just go back to February when the administration wasn’t sharing the information with the American people — I think Arizonans really would have liked to have this information that this was airborne, that it was very fatal. And I don’t know Americans to panic — that’s one of the reasons they gave — but I can’t think of anywhere in our history where we’ve panicked when presented with a challenge like this. So, we missed a lot of time. […] I do believe we need leadership that’s going to find us a path forward, listen to the public health officials, and come up with a national plan on testing and contract tracing.”