Sinema touts health care record in new Arizona Senate ad

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) is dropping a new ad in Arizona's closely contested Senate race, this time touting her record on health care for seniors. 

Th 30-second spot is set to debut statewide Thursday, marking the latest effort by a Democratic congressional hopeful to bring health care front-and-center in the 2018 midterm elections.

"Kyrsten Sinema sided with older Arizonans and the AARP, voting to stop a new 'age tax' on health care, fought to protect coverage for pre-existing health conditions and will stand up to anyone who goes after our social security and Medicare," a narrator says in the ad.

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"What I'll do as a United States senator is fight to do right for my state," Sinema then says.

The ad references Sinema's vote against the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the measure introduced by Republican lawmakers last year that would have partially repealed former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Biden associates reach out to Holder about VP search Poll: More Republican voters think party is more united than Democratic voters MORE's signature Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The AHCA legislation would have allowed insurance companies to charge adults ages 50-64 five times more for insurance than younger people purchasing coverage on the individual market. The ACA caps that rate at three times more.

Democrats have mounted an aggressive effort to bring health care to the center of the 2018 midterm elections after Republicans failed last year to repeal Obama's signature health care law.

In Missouri, for example, Sen. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGOP lukewarm on talk of airline bailout Claire McCaskill: Ron Johnson is an 'embarrassing tool' To winnow primary field, Obama and other Democrats must speak out  MORE (D) has hit her Republican opponent, state Attorney General Josh Hawley, for a lawsuit that he has signed on to that seeks to block the implementation of ObamaCare.

Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPressure mounts for national parks closure amid coronavirus White House, Senate reach deal on trillion stimulus package Some Democrats growing antsy as Senate talks drag on MORE (D-W.Va.) has taken a similar strategy against his GOP challenger, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who also signed on to the lawsuit.

The ad released Thursday is Sinema's fifth targeting health care in the race.

Sinema and her Republican opponent, Rep. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyMcSally calls on WHO director to step down GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic New bill would withhold pay from Senate until coronavirus stimulus package passes MORE (R-Ariz.), are locked in a heated battle for the seat currently held by outgoing Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally campaign to suspend TV ads, canvassing amid pandemic Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC Trump Jr. says he inherited 'Tourette's of the thumbs' from his father MORE (R-Ariz.), although recent polls show Sinema with a 3-to-6-point lead in the race.

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, currently puts the contest in the "toss-up" column.