Ex-astronaut Mark Kelly announces run for McCain Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to run for John McCain’s Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly husband of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords to run for John McCain’s Senate seat

I don't think of him as a partisan person, and everyone loves an astronaut.

President Donald Trump won Arizona in the 2016 election, but USA media say the state will be a key battleground in the 2020 elections. I care about this nation. "So because of that, I've decided that I'm launching a campaign for the United States Senate", Kelly said.

Astronaut Mark Kelly (ret.) waves as he takes the stage to introduce his wife, former Rep. The former Tucson congresswoman, who represented the same district as Giffords a few years after the shooting, was appointed to the Senate early this year.

Giffords is prominently featured in her husband's video, which also includes biographical information about him and a pledge to bring people together.

"You know, I learned a lot from being an astronaut". I learned a lot from being a pilot in the Navy.

Kelly, who came into the national spotlight when his wife, former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was shot in a failed assassination attempt, will seek to take on Sen. Both he and his wife formed the organization now called Giffords in 2013 in order to combat gun violence after the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

"You see a lot of partisanship in Washington and a lot of polarization, and to some extent we've created that", Kelly told The Associated Press. "As the climate warms we're going to have more drought here in the desert".

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Kelly flew his first mission into space in 2001.

Kelly has kept some ties to the space field since leaving NASA, including serving as a co-founder of and advisor to World View Enterprises, the Tucson-based company developing stratospheric balloons for scientific research and other applications. He has an identical twin brother, Scott Kelly, who is also a retired NASA astronaut who spent an unprecedented year on the ISS. McSally was appointed to the late Republican Arizona Sen.

McCain, a legendary and beloved Arizona politician, died previous year from an aggressive form of brain cancer after more than three decades in the Senate.

Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods, a lifelong Republican who became a Democrat and a fierce critic of Trump, announced last week that he won't run, saying he didn't want to fight in a contested Democratic primary. The victor will have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022.

While a couple Democrats in the state have hinted at Senate ambitions, including Representative Ruben Gallego, US media report, Mr Kelly is the first to formally announce a campaign.

"I've made no secret of the fact that I'm looking seriously at running for the U.S. Senate in 2020, and that hasn't changed", Gallego tweeted after Kelly's announcement Tuesday morning. "I'll be making a final decision and announcement soon".

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