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On Thursday night's Senate debate in Arizona, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly cornered his GOP opponent Blake Masters for supporting extreme abortion bans — a belief that Masters had previously tried to soften on his website after public outrage over the Supreme Court allowing states to ban the procedure.
"I am pro-life, I believe in limits," said Masters. "I think we should be like every civilized country in the world. Just last year, Arizona passed a law that limits abortions after 15 weeks. I support that law. That is where Arizonans find a reasonable place to draw the line. I prefer limits at the federal level. Lindsey Graham has proposed a 15 week with common exceptions. And I support that. I believe in limits. Mark Kelly believes in no limits at all."
"That is nonsense," said Kelly. "That is absolutely not true. I support the restrictions and protections that were allowed under Roe v. Wade. An abortion only happens late in pregnancy when there are serious issues. And folks, it is heartbreaking when this happens. Often, the child is wanted."
"My opponent, remember what he has said," said Kelly. "He supports a national abortion ban ... it criminalizes this decision. He has said — and this is not years ago, he said very recently — that he wants to punish the doctors. He has called abortion 'demonic'. 'Religious sacrifice'. I don't even know what that means, folks. But what I am doing is, I am protecting your constitutional rights that you have lost because of rhetoric like this."
"Real quickly. Where do you draw the line on late-term abortions?" asked the host.
"Under Roe v. Wade there are protections and restrictions that were allowed under that law," said Kelly. "And late-term abortion in this country only happens when there is a serious problem. And, you know, that is what I support. What he says about the legislation I voted on is just not true. It is nonsense. He should go back and take a look and read this. I mean, he is a lawyer, this is legislation. He can go take a look at it."
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How Republicans ended up with retired NFL running back Herschel Walker as their nominee in the Georgia Senate race was the subject of a new Washington Post deep-dive based on "interviews with 19 people involved at various times with the Walker campaign, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to reveal internal matters."
The story was published under the headline, "GOP crisis in Herschel Walker race was nearly two years in the making."
"In early 2021, as football star Herschel Walker considered running for Senate, he approached some of Georgia’s top Republican operatives about advising his campaign. The operatives were warned about political vulnerabilities in Walker’s past — including allegations of violence against women — that were openly discussed in the state’s political circles, according to people familiar with the discussions," the newspaper reported. "Those consultants passed on working with Walker, but he pressed ahead with his campaign."
Establishment Republicans did not mount a viable challenge to the Trump-backed Heisman Trophy winner.
Buzz about Walker running in 2022 came during the 2020 Georgia Senate runoffs.
"Republican operatives discussed Walker’s potential weaknesses, including his struggles with mental health, which Walker had acknowledged in a book, and a rumored abortion, according to Liz Mair, a GOP opposition researcher working on the runoffs. Mair said she warned others that the abortion rumor would plague Walker as a candidate, but people thought they could keep it hidden," the newspaper reported.
Mair went on record with The Post.
“Across the board, Republicans in the state knew about it and decided they didn’t care,” Mair said. “I don’t know if it was a moment of collective insanity when a bunch of people all said, ‘Seems like a genius plan.’"
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Republican Blake Masters is facing off against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in a Thursday evening debate in their campaign for U.S. Senate.
"Kelly is coming in from a position of strength, with a small lead in polling and a commanding advantage in fundraising that has allowed him and allied groups to bombard voters with ads portraying Masters as an extremist," The Washington Post reported. "Masters, an ally and protégé of billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, endeared himself to many GOP primary voters with his penchant for provocation and contrarian thinking. But since then, he has struggled to redefine his image for the more moderate swing voters he will need to win in November."
The race is widely seen as one of the most competitive Senate races in the 2022 midterms.
"Much of Mr. Masters’s campaign has focused on anti-immigration messaging," The New York Times reported. "He has shifted his stance on abortion since the primary and has deleted his false claim that President Donald J. Trump won the 2020 election from his website. He is likely to face questions from the moderators and Mr. Kelly on his shifting positions."
The debate is hosted by the Arizona Clean Elections commission and is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. eastern, 6 p.m. local time.
Early voting begins on Oct. 12.
"According to a recent poll, Kelly leads Masters 49% to 42%, with 7% undecided in a race long seen as one of the most pivotal in determining control of the Senate. The poll was conducted Sept. 21 through Sept. 25 by Suffolk University for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com," the newspaper reported.
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