Ward for Senate campaign releases new McSally ‘Pretender’ ad

Powerful ad reveals Rep. Martha McSally's history of standing in opposition to President Trump

Tempe, AZ – The Ward for Senate campaign unveiled today a new political ad titled “Pretender,” which releases as Arizona Rep. Martha McSally announces her bid for U.S. Senate.

In a statement, Ed Rollins, campaign chair for Dr. Kelli Ward, cautioned conservatives on McSally’s history of opposing President Trump and being a part of the “Washington Establishment.”

“Martha McSally is Jeff Flake 2.0 and part of the Washington Establishment that has failed Arizona for years,” said Rollins. “She opposed Donald Trump as a candidate and has undermined him as President, which is why leading conservatives are rejecting McSally and are lining up behind a true reformer in Dr. Kelli Ward.”

The ad hits on McSally’s standoffish approach to then-candidate Donald Trump, in which she refused to endorse him for president; her insulting remarks about his policies; her critical comments on President Trump’s cabinet selections; and her support for amnesty and opposition to building President Trump’s border wall.

“Pretender” will be distributed digitally across Arizona and on all major social media platforms.



Insulted candidate Trump’s proposals during the election, calling them “ridiculous” and “hateful talk” (MSNBC, 12/8/15)


Questioned Trump’s character, refused to endorse him, and left open the possibility of voting for Hillary Clinton (
The Arizona Republic, 6/2/16)

Criticized POTUS’ cabinet picks and blamed him for making her job harder in Congress (CNN, 2/23/17)


Supports amnesty and opposes building the border wall (CNN, 2/23/17).


Called President Trump’s tweets “troubling distractions” (ThinkProgress, 6/9/17)


Dr. Kelli Ward is the leading GOP candidate to replace retiring Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate in 2018. On Aug. 17, President Trump encouraged Ward’s campaign via Twitter. Ward has also received endorsements from conservative champions Sen. Rand Paul, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. Ward’s campaign enjoyed a surge of national and in-state support and visibility after announcing the addition of former Ronald Reagan campaign manager, Ed Rollins, to the position of campaign chairman.

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