Republican Rep. Martha McSally criticized her Democratic challenger Rep. Kyrsten Sinema during the Arizona Senate debate on Monday for saying she doesn’t care if Americans want to fight for the Taliban.
“CNN reported that in 2003, while [Sinema] was on the radio, [she] said it was okay for Americans to join the Taliban to fight against us,” McSally said. “You said you had no problem with that!”
McSally’s comment was in reference to audio that surfaced while Sinema was on a radio show with a libertarian activist.
“As an individual, if I want to go fight in the Taliban army, I go over there and I’m fighting for the Taliban. I’m saying that’s a personal decision,” the host said in the interview.
“Fine,” Sinema responded. “I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.” (RELATED: Sinema Caught Again: ‘Arizona Is The Meth-Lab Of Democracy’)
McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot, previously ran missions against the Taliban while she was involved in the war in Afghanistan.
“I want to ask right now whether you’re going to apologize to the veterans and me for saying it’s okay to commit treason,” McSally continued. “We need a response because she owes us an apology.”
Sinema’s spokeswoman previously claimed her 2003 comments were “clearly offhand and an effort to get back on the topic of why she opposed the war.”
Rather than responding directly to McSally, Sinema pivoted and accused McSally of engaging in “ridiculous attacks” and “smearing” her campaign.
The two candidates are running to replace Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, who announced in October 2017 that he would not be running for re-election. McSally is leading Sinema by 0.3 points according to the Real Clear Politics average.
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