Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful: McCain, Flake ‘contributed’ in Iowa woman’s death

Ariz. GOP Senate hopeful: McCain, Flake ‘contributed’ in Iowa woman’s death
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Arizona GOP Senate candidate Kelli Ward on Tuesday said Arizona Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers wait for Trump's next move on border deal Mark Kelly launches Senate bid in Arizona MORE (R) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union Sasse’s jabs at Trump spark talk of primary challenger MORE (R), as well as her primary opponent Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyArmy calls base housing hazards 'unconscionable,' details steps to protect families Poll shows McSally, Kelly tied in Arizona Senate race Mark Kelly's campaign raises over M in days after launching Senate bid MORE (R), helped "contribute" to the death of an Iowa woman who was allegedly killed by an undocumented immigrant.

Ward called McSally an “amnesty advocate” and said that Arizona needs “true leadership in the Senate.”

"The lack of leadership & courage by open border senators like [Flake and McCain], & #amnesty advocate Martha McSally contribute to these senseless deaths," Ward tweeted on Tuesday, linking to an article about the murdered woman, Mollie Tibbetts. "We need true leadership in the Senate to #BuildTheWall & secure our borders!" 

A spokeswoman for McSally said she would not "dignify" Ward's comment with a response, The Arizona Republic reported.

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National reports have closely followed the search for Tibbetts, who disappeared in July.

Her body was discovered on Tuesday, and police have charged Cristhian Bahena Rivera with her murder. Rivera is a Mexican national in the country illegally, fueling talking points for border security advocates.

McCain and Flake have both long advocated for comprehensive immigration reform, even collaborating with Democrats in the 2013 "Gang of Eight," a group of lawmakers dedicated to passing legislation on the issue.

McCain has been undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer at his home in Arizona. 

Ward has frequently targeted McSally on the issue of immigration and has positioned herself as a fervent supporter of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump nominates ambassador to Turkey Trump heads to Mar-a-Lago after signing bill to avert shutdown CNN, MSNBC to air ad turned down by Fox over Nazi imagery MORE and his policies.

An August poll showed McSally with an 8-point lead over Ward heading into the Aug. 28 primary.

This week, Ward hit the road for a "Road to Victory" bus tour alongside Arizona Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse passes bill expressing support for NATO McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader On The Money: Trump says he won't declare emergency 'so fast' | Shutdown poised to become longest in history | Congress approves back pay for workers | More federal unions sue over shutdown MORE (R), Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulBusiness, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week MORE (R-Ky.) and Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Democrats need someone in ‘the Ojeda lane’ Pence on push to remove Omar from committee: Steve King saw ‘consequences’ MORE (R-Iowa).