Former Republican Sen. Kyl to replace McCain, bolstering conservatives

06 September, 2018, 03:28 | Author: Valerie Santiago
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Doug Ducey (R) announced Tuesday that he had picked former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will return to Capitol Hill to serve out the remainder of Sen.

The governor said Kyl, a Republican, will serve through at least the current congressional term, though it's unclear if he'll serve through 2020, when there's expected to be a special election for the last two years of McCain's term.

Over the last few months, Senator Kyl has been working closely with the White House on the Senate confirmation of the President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

The governor's decision ensures that a reliable Republican vote will join the Senate GOP ranks at a crucial moment when party leaders are aiming to confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.

"As I contemplated who could best serve our state in US Senate, I kept coming back to one person", Ducey said.

"I think sometimes his desire to jump into the middle of a fight, or maybe even create a fight - by the way, that reminds me of somebody - sometimes that can be detrimental to what he's trying to achieve", he said. "Kudos to Senator Kyl for his willingness to serve once again". Add John McCain as an interest to stay up to date on the latest John McCain news, video, and analysis from ABC News. Kyl's appointment will make it possible for him to vote for the nomination. He was member of the House of Representative before that (from 1987 to 1995). I think it is boorish.

Cindy McCain and daughter Meghan McCain were both rumored to be potential candidates to fill the vacant seat. "Now, Sen. Kyl can cast a vote for Kavanaugh's confirmation". Jeff Flake, who is stepping down at the end of the year, succeeded Kyl in the Senate.

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Woods could encounter difficulties in a Democratic primary, given his long-standing ties to the Republican Party.

That said, Kyl has not ruled out remaining in the seat until 2020.

"For as long as he chooses to serve", said Victor Riches, Goldwater's CEO, "Jon Kyl will be a great asset to the country in the United States Senate". "But Kyl always seemed like a straight-shooter to me, and when he left office back in 2013, I was sad to see him go".

His funeral service Saturday at Washington National Cathedral was in many ways a stern rebuke of Trump, with presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama eulogizing McCain as an iconic statesman who embodied passionate but civil debate, bipartisan compromise and a commitment to American values.

He says: "In that spirit I am certainly willing to serve through the end of this session". Ducey, a Republican, is required by Arizona law to name a Republican to replace the Republican McCain.

If he remains through 2020, he could face a vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, which the GOP failed to scuttle in 2017 largely because of McCain's thumbs-down.

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