CASA GRANDE — Sen. Martha McSally stopped in Casa Grande Wednesday afternoon, along with other local Republican candidates, to answer questions and encourage supporters to vote.

The event was held in the backyard of a private home in Mission Royale with more than 40 people gathered under the shade of a pergola. Attendees had their choice to wear a mask or not and a box of masks was available for those who forgot one.

“We’re ground zero for Trump to get four more years,” McSally said. “This is all about the Left trying to get power and they can’t do it without Arizona.”

She said that the current version of the Democratic Party is much more extreme than past versions. The Democratic Party is trying to appeal to moderates and independents but if its representatives get into office, especially Congress or the presidency, residents can expect a radical left agenda that may include Medicare for All, gun control and more regulation.

“We have to fight for every last vote,” she said. “Biden’s not a moderate. The radical Left has taken over the (Democratic) party.”

McSally said she and the Republican Party, including President Donald Trump, have a record of delivering their promises to Arizonans and Americans. She pointed to recent tax cuts for middle class families and pointed out that household incomes and savings were up across all demographics. She and the Republican Party wanted to continue to meet those promises including more tax cuts, bringing home jobs from China, finishing the border wall, making sure troops received the funding and support they needed and confirming U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McSally said she expected a call to bring Barrett’s nomination to a vote sometime this week, but she didn’t expect a vote to actually be held and counted for at least a couple of weeks as the Senate argues the nomination back and forth. She pledged to stay in Washington, D.C. until Barrrett was confirmed.

McSally also said she supported a second, more targeted pandemic relief plan, with funding for specific industries such as tourism and airlines, that have been hit hard and are continuing to suffer. It would also include funding for residents who still need unemployment assistance, at a lower rate, $300 rather than $600 a week, than the first pandemic relief bill, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, funded.

She knocked the proposed pandemic relief bills that have been proposed by Democrats, saying the bills were designed to bail out states like California that had not planned properly or used their funding wisely. Democrat bills also wanted to release prisoners over the age of 50 and provide relief for people who had entered the U.S. illegally, she said. They also wanted to allow states to continue to hold lockdowns on businesses and schools in order to combat the virus.

She warned that if Democrats take over, the party will bring a lot of radical changes to the federal government that will be hard to roll back.

Democrats, including her opponent Mark Kelly, want to pack the U.S. Supreme Court, they want to install activist judges that legislate from the bench instead of upholding the law as it is written, McSally said. If Democrats pack the Supreme Court it will destroy the court and the country.

Democrats also want to bring statehood to Washington, D.C. so they can gain two additional seats in the Senate, she said.

The Democratic Party is also trying to scare voters with ads stating that she supports the repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the repeal of protections for people who have pre-existing conditions, McSally said.

She said while she’s not for the Affordable Care Act, she is for protecting people with pre-existing conditions. She just doesn’t believe that the Affordable Care Act is the only way to do it.

McSally said she’s heard too many stories of small business owners, the self-employed and families who are falling through the cracks because they can’t afford health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare for All also doesn’t work, she said. If Medicare for All was put in place the entire Medicare system would collapse and the country would end up with socialized medicine, with long wait lines for care.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s Public Option plan also doesn’t work, McSally said. Allowing the government to offer plans in the public health insurance market would undermine the private health insurance industry, causing it to collapse. Without private insurance companies, residents would no longer have choice in what kind of health care coverage they wanted or what they wanted to pay for it.

Instead, McSally said, small businesses should be able to pool together to cover their health insurance costs.

She also continued to hammer Kelly on his business ties to China.

“I’m standing up to China,” she said. “He’s bought and paid for by China.”

McSally encouraged supporters to get out and vote and encourage others to do the same.

“We want to win decisively,” she said.

Tiffany Shedd, the Republican candidate for Arizona’s First Congressional District was also at the rally. She also pointed out that her race was one of the most important in the state and the nation.

Shedd accused incumbent Tom O’Halleran, a Democrat, of voting with U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi 95% of the time.

“I don’t think Pelosi is a good congressman for District 1,” Shedd said to chuckles.

The Democratic Party and its supporters have spent millions of dollars on attack ads against her that make no sense, she said, saying that she voted against the Affordable Care Act or against protections for pre-existing conditions, when she’s never had a vote in Congress.

There was one ad that did disturb and anger her, Shedd said. It was an ad stating that she had or would vote to repeal protections for pre-existing conditions.

“He knows that’s not true,” she said of O’Halleran. “I will never pull the rug out from anyone.”

Shedd pointed out that her daughter is a Type 1 diabetic, which is considered a pre-existing condition by many health insurance companies. She described the dread and fear she felt when her daughter suddenly became sick at the age of 6 and almost died before her diabetes was treated.

She also described how her family lost their health insurance coverage after the Affordable Care Act passed because they could no longer afford the premiums under their existing coverage. They were eventually able to find other coverage.

She also battered O’Halleran’s record on securing the border, Medicare for All, supporting law enforcement officers and the Second Amendment.

Rep. David Cook, Sen. Frank Pratt and Rep. T.J. Shope, who are running for the Arizona House and Senate District 8 seats, also attended the event and gave their reasons for running and encouraged supporters to vote.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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