'Treason' accusations ignite Arizona Senate debate

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Published on October 16, 2018 - Duration: 01:35s

'Treason' accusations ignite Arizona Senate debate

Republican candidate Martha McSally accuses her Democratic rival Kyrsten Sinema of 'treason' in a contentious debate in Arizona's tightening Senate race.

Linda So reports.


'Treason' accusations ignite Arizona Senate debate

NATS: Martha McSally, Republican Senate candidate: 'You said it was OK for Americans to join the Taliban to fight against us no problem." Fiery accusations Monday night, in Arizona's tightening Senate race.

Republican candidate Martha McSally accusing her Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema of treason at the one and only debate of the campaign.

SOUNDBITE: MARTHA MCSALLY, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATE, SAYING: ''I want to ask right now whether you're going to apologize to the veterans and to me for saying it's okay to commit treason." McSally, a former Air Force fighter pilot, leveled her attack near the end of the hour-long debate... criticizing Sinema for comments she made to a radio show fifteen years ago.

During the 2003 interview, Sinema was responding to a hypothetical question being asked by a Libertarian host.

NATS: RADIO HOST: "If I want to go fight in the Taliban army, I go over there and I'm fighting for the Taliban.

I'm saying that's a personal decision." SINEMA: "Fine, I don't care if you want to do that, go ahead." McSally claimed THAT response was treasonous and that Sinema was not only protesting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but saying that she would be fine with Americans joining the Taliban.

Sinema brushed off the remarks and accused her rival of running a negative campaign.

SOUNDBITE: KYRSTEN SINEMA, DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR SENATE, SAYING: 'Martha has chosen run a campaign like the one that you are seeing right now where she is engaging in ridiculous attacks and smearing my campaign and she's just trying to cut cut and not share the full picture.'

The two women are seeking to replace retiring Republican Jeff Flake in a race that will help decide whether Democrats take control of the Senate.

The race appears to be tightening with less than a month to go to Election Day.

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