Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorses Martha McSally

Nov 2, 2018, 7:00 PM

PHOENIX – U.S. Rep. Martha McSally picked up a big-name endorsement Friday in her bid to become the next senator from Arizona.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement saying “I am proud to endorse Martha McSally,” citing the Republican candidate’s experience as an Air Force pilot as well as her time in Congress.

Rice served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. Before then, she was Bush’s National Security Advisor.

Here is the full text of Rice’s endorsement, as supplied by McSally’s campaign:

“I am proud to endorse Martha McSally for the United States Senate.

“In my experiences in and out of government, I find the most effective leaders are those with a clear commitment to public service and an ability to inspire others. Martha is one such woman. From her time as a combat pilot through her work in Congress, Martha has always pushed the boundaries, achieving considerable success through hard work and dedication. Her tenacity proves she is ready to take on our nation’s most pressing political challenges.

“This election is a historic opportunity for Arizonans to show their children what this great state stands for. Martha is a strong role model in so many ways and represents the natural choice this November. I am honored to support her candidacy.”

McSally is in a tight race with Democrat Kyrsten Sinema to replace Republican Jeff Flake, who chose not to seek re-election.

As one of the seats the Democrats likely must win to have any chance to take control of the Senate, the race has drawn plenty of national attention.

Among McSally’s other endorsements is a big one from President Donald Trump, who held a rally for her in Mesa last month.

The president’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., came to town Thursday to urge Arizonans to vote for McSally.

Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have endorsed Sinema, as has politically active comedian Amy Schumer.

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice endorses Martha McSally