Arizona Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema said Wednesday it's hard for her to say she's proud to be a Democrat and acknowledged that her television advertisements intentionally don't mention her party affiliation.
Asked on Arizona radio station KTAR if she was a "proud Democrat," Sinema responded, "Gosh, it's hard to say proud. I don't know that -- I'm not sure that people are even proud of parties anymore, because I feel like the parties are not doing a good job. So I would say that I'm a proud Arizonan. That's something I'm very proud of. And I'm proud of the work that I have done in Washington, DC, and the work I've done in the state Senate and the statehouse before going to Congress. But I'm not particularly proud of the parties."
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Sinema's comments reflect her strategy of running as a moderate in Arizona, a state that hasn't elected a Democrat to the US Senate since the late 1980s. A former anti-war activist and state legislator, Sinema is running on her record in Congress as a centrist Democrat. Her race with Republican Rep. Martha McSally is one of the most competitive US Senate races this year. CNN rates the race as a toss-up.
Asked by the radio hosts if she had intentionally left out a mention of being a Democrat in her ads, Sinema responded, "That's right."
She continued, "Because I am an independent voice for Arizona and I want folks to -- when they see my ads or hear from me or when I'm talking to them and listening to them -- I want them to think about who I am as their elected official and as their public servant."