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Senate candidate Mark Kelly sees bipartisanship as politics’ best hope

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PHOENIX – Democratic Senate hopeful Mark Kelly said Thursday even though he’s a newcomer to politics, he believes bipartisanship is the best way to operate in Washington, D.C.

“Compromise is incredibly important. Folks need to work across the aisle in a bipartisan way,” Kelly said on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News. “We’ve seen that from Arizona senators in the past, like John McCain working to save health care for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans.”

Kelly got the backing of dozens of Arizona Republicans. The list includes former state Attorney General Grant Woods, a handful of former state legislators, retired military officers and ranchers and business leaders.

“I think they understand the same thing – that this partisanship we have seen, especially lately, is not good for our country and it’s not good for our state,” he said.

The retired astronaut held a 48%-43% lead over incumbent Martha McSally in an OH Predictive Insights poll released in August. It was the first time he fell below 50%. In May, he led by as many 13 percentage points.

McSally and Kelly have agreed two debates ahead of the election, both in Arizona.

McSally, who originally wanted seven debates, also challenged Kelly to a nationally televised event.

“I think it’s important that Arizonans have the opportunity to hear Sen. McSally and me, together, to talk about the issues that they care about in Arizona.

“What folks are thinking on the coast or anywhere [else] in the country isn’t as important as what Arizonans are thinking about the issues and who they’re voting for in 55 days,” Kelly said.

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