Senator-elect Mark Kelly says bipartisanship a real mission

Senator-elect Mark Kelly says bipartisanship a real mission


PHOENIX (AP) – Democrat Mark Kelly pledged Friday to stick with the campaign theme of bipartisanship that won him a U.S. Senate seat in Arizona’s election, saying it was more than a rallying point to get voters in the traditionally Republican state to back him.

Instead, the newly elected retired astronaut said it’s what he and his wife, former Rep. Gabby Giffords, have always believed, and he wants Arizonans to know he plans to turn the campaign theme into action.

“The polarization and the politization that we’ve seen on issues, it just makes it where our country has a hard time, our government doesn’t even function well anymore,” Kelly said in an interview with The Associated Press. “And I think the only way to fix that is for individuals, both Democrats and Republicans, to be committed to working together with the other side.”

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Kelly will get an early look at how that might work in a little over two

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