Rhetoric vs. Reality: McSally Distorts Her Own Record During the AZ-SEN Debate

Martha McSally had a doozy of a debate last night. Defensive and desperate, she distorted her record over and over again. Instead of focusing on the issues, McSally peddled debunked lies. Her debate performance is the clearest proof yet: McSally will do or say anything to get elected.

Below, we break down some of her most egregious falsehoods.

RHETORIC: McSally denied that she put Arizonans’ privacy at risk by voting to allow anyone to buy or sell private information online: “What are you even talking about? Of course, I did not do that.”

REALITY: McSally voted to repeal rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling users private browsing data and received nearly $100,000 from the telecom industry.

RHETORIC: McSally said: “I voted to protect people with pre-existing conditions to make sure insurance companies were forced to give them healthcare, had no caps on insurance, and couldn’t cancel it.”

REALITY: McSally voted for […]

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QUICK CLIP: Kevin Cramer Skates Over Native American Voter ID Question

Last week the Supreme Court upheld a North Dakota voter ID law that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said will cause “irreparable harm” to Native Americans voting this November.

Days later at a town hall, Kevin Cramer glossed over these concerns, saying, “there’s not another place in America where it’s easier to vote than North Dakota.” 

The law requires voters to provide a form of identification that includes a current street address. Many Native Americans who live on reservations or in rural areas use P.O. boxes, not street addresses. And with the election one month away, Standing Rock External Affairs Director Danielle Finn said it is not possible to satisfy the new requirement.

Cramer does not seem to share these concerns. At the town hall, he went on to say, “If I was the chairman of a tribe and I was concerned about this, I would make sure that my tribal members got an […]

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Senate Brief: 3 Weeks | GOP Recruitment Failures

Week of Monday, October 15.

IN BRIEF: Three weeks out from Election Day, the GOP’s sloppy recruiting is coming back to bite them. A cycle of lukewarm performances in must-win states has proven that even with a favorable Senate map, recruitment matters. 

This morning the Washington Post highlighted candidates in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan who have fallen far short of the party’s expectations. We agree.

But even beyond the states where Dems are running well ahead of their GOP opponents, candidates thought to be rock-solid have betrayed serious weaknesses.
In Missouri, the “GOP golden boy” Josh Hawley got off to a rough start by pissing off local Republicans with his entitlement and laziness. Now, he’s struggling to overcome a baked-in narrative about his burning desire to rid Americans of their health insurance.
In Indiana, “outsider” Mike Braun never really got off the ground. Just last month, Hoosier Republicans were marveling […]

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NEW: Martha McSally Doesn’t Have An Issues Page, So We Made One For Her

www.mcsallyhasissues.com

With less than 30 days to go until Election Day, Martha McSally still doesn’t have a webpage detailing her issue stances, so we took the liberty of creating one for her in the style of her campaign site.

McSallyHasIssues.com highlights six key pillars of McSally’s record: enabling corruption in Washington, broken promises to protect healthcare, broken promises to seniors, selling out to special interests, feckless pandering on immigration, and letting down women.

Check out McSally’s issues page here.

“Arizonans seeking more information about McSally’s platform come up short when they visit her website,” said American Bridge spokesperson Amelia Penniman. “McSally is clearly trying to hide her real record of political expediency and feckless flip-flops. We’re proud to shed some light on what McSally truly stands for.”

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MEMO: Previewing the #INSEN Debate

Four things to remember as Mike Braun takes the stage for his first general election debate:

Braun supported measures that could strip health insurance from over 2 million Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions. According to Politifact, Braun endorsed three measures that would have jeopardized guaranteed healthcare coverage for Americans with pre-existing conditions. Read more here.
Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, was the target of dozens of labor abuse complaints. Meyer Distributing was found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act 26 times between 2008 and 2010 for violations related to unpaid overtime for 25 employees. The Federal Transportation Department cited Meyer Distributing 41 times since 2015 for work time logging violations. Read more here.
Braun has pledged to drain the Swamp, but flies to DC for high-dollar fundraisers and engages in decidedly Swampy behavior. Braun called his two primary opponents the “Swamp brothers,” but in the first weeks of the general election, he […]

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Senate Brief: T-Minus 4 Weeks.

Week of Monday, October 8.

IN BRIEF: 4 weeks out from Election Day, one issue has risen above the rest to define this cycle: healthcare. 

On the campaign trail, Republican Senate candidates are on defense, forced to answer to constituents who are terrified by GOP attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act. 

And they’re not doing a very good job. This week, Mike Braun gets a gold star for healthcare disingenuousness on the campaign trail.

For months, Braun has touted his company’s healthcare plan as a proof point for his commitment to affordable healthcare. Watch him talk it up here and here.
There’s just one problem: Braun’s employees say his healthcare plan was “not real insurance.” Politico reports that former employees of Braun’s company, Meyer Distributing, complained about the “horrendous” benefits that came with a $5,000 individual deductible and a $10,000 family deductible.
Braun has been asking Hoosiers for […]

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Quick Clip: Braun’s Healthcare Bluster Flatlines

Today an explosive report by Politico revealed the company healthcare plan Mike Braun is so proud of was viewed by his employees as “horrendous,” “a joke,” and “not real insurance.”But Braun has been asking Hoosiers to send him to Washington based on the alleged success of his company’s health benefits.

Yes, Braun literally said “Send me to D.C. so I can get ‘em straight and show ‘em how to do it.”

Watch Braun bragging about his healthcare plan here:

But wait, there’s more. Watch Braun talk about how he “took on the healthcare companies” to keep his employees’ costs low here.

No amount of embellishment by Braun can make up for the fact that his employees think very little of the benefits he offers. And now Hoosiers will see straight through Braun’s bragging.

Read the full Politico article here.

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