October 6, 2020 Press Releases

WATCH: Mark Kelly’s Key Moments from His Winning Debate Performance


With 28 days until the General Election, Mark Kelly tonight made a clear case that he will be an independent Senator for every Arizonan.

On issues ranging from health care to climate change, Mark showed that he’s prepared to bring people together, recover from coronavirus and rebuild our economy for the future, and fight to lower health care costs for Arizonans.

Here are a few of Mark’s best moments from the stage:

1) VIDEO: ON THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING ARIZONANS’ COVERAGE FOR PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS

  • Arizonans already know they can’t trust Senator McSally when it comes to health care. She’s voted on four separate occasions to undermine or eliminate those protections.”

  • Senator McSally is trying to take away those protections from 2.8 million Arizonans, she’s done it on four separate occasions, she paved the way for a lawsuit, that’s at the Supreme Court, the case will be heard on November 10. That’s not independent leadership. We need independent leadership that’s going to put Arizona first. That’s not going to put a big Corporate PAC or health care company or a big pharmaceutical company first.

2) VIDEO: ON WASHINGTON’S COVID RESPONSE FAILURE

  • “We have 4% of the world’s population, we have 21% of deaths from COVID-19.”

  • “And it’s because this administration didn’t handle this as a public health issue, they dismissed the scientists.”

  • “And I can’t think of one occasion where Senator McSally has stood up when the President has made a mistake or the Governor did something that wasn’t exactly right. That’s not leadership.” 

3) VIDEO: ON PROTECTING DREAMERS & FIXING OUR BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

  • “Senator McSally used to support Dreamers.”

  • “And then she said DACA is unconstitutional. There was a bipartisan agreement on a pathway to a normal status for Dreamers, Senator McSally used to support it  and then when it wasn’t politically convenient anymore she decided not to.”

  • “That’s not the leadership that Arizona needs.”

4) VIDEO: ON INFLUENCE OF MONEY IN POLITICS

  • “Folks, this isn’t rocket science. Just follow the money.”

  • “Senator McSally took a ton of money from health insurance companies and voted to eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions.”

  • “She took a ton of money from pharmaceutical companies and voted to increase the cost of prescription drugs for seniors.”

  • “She took millions of dollars from corporate PACs and gave companies billions of dollars of tax giveaways.”

  • “Bottom line, Senator McSally isn’t working for us. She’s working for somebody else. She’s working for that company that funds that corporate PAC, that funds her campaign. That’s not putting Arizona first.”

5) VIDEO: ON THE URGENCY OF ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE

  • “I’ll never forget the first time I got to see our planet for the first time from low Earth orbit, seeing this big round ball and realizing that we are really all in this together.”

  • “And it becomes very clear very quickly that we have no place else to go. There is no Planet B. We’re not moving somewhere else someday, we have to do a better job taking care of this planet.

6) VIDEO: ON BEING AN INDEPENDENT SENATOR FOR EVERY ARIZONAN

  • “This is a critical moment for our country and our state and partisan politics has made this crisis worse and partisan politics and partisan politicians are not going to get us out of it.”

  • “We need independent leadership focused on solving the problems we face like beating this virus and rebuilding our economy and lowering the cost of health care and prescription drugs.”

  • “I can bring my experience as a combat pilot, an engineer, as an astronaut, to the United States Senate to help solve some of these serious problems, but I can’t do that without your vote.”

  • “Whether you’re an independent Republican or a Democrat, I ask for your vote. These are serious challenges that we face, by working together as a team we can solve these serious problems.”