1. Medium view of Martha McSally at podium speaking at press conference
2. Close view of Mcsally campaign placard
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Martha McSally, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate:
"I whole heartedly support the president. He's moved the national guard to the border and because of the continued obstruction by the Democrats he's now bringing active duty troops there as well. Just like when they respond crises, like hurricanes, national disasters, this is a disaster at our border. And so they are going to head there with the specialties that they need with the support of the Department of Homeland Security that will be the lead federal agency, in order to provide logistical and other support, air support, engineering support in order that we make sure that we secure our border and deal with this border crisis.
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Martha McSally, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate
"Every single day, everywhere I go, people are asking me about the caravan. Every single day they're asking about what are going to do to secure our border. What are we going to do to support our military and make sure we keep our country safe. And they're actually very happy about what's going on in the economy because of the work that we've done to cut taxes and roll back regulations. This caravan is coming, every single day, and it's highlighting to people across America and Arizona the border crisis that is going on every single day."
Senate candidate Martha McSally hammered down on her promises to strengthen border security and crack down on immigrants who commit crimes as she faces criticism over her position on health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
With a week until Election Day, McSally held a news conference Tuesday in Mesa, Arizona to publicize her endorsements from three members of "angel families" - people who lost loved ones at the hands of immigrants living in the United States illegally.
McSally said the caravan of Central American migrants in Mexico headed to the United States is also awakening Americans to the dangers at the border.
McSally, a Republican, faces Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake. McSally has recently been accused of using the migrant caravan to divert attention away from her views on coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.
"Every single day, everywhere I go, people are asking me about the caravan. Every single day, they are asking about what we are doing to secure our border," McSally said.
She also voiced support for the Trump administration move to deploy 5,200 troops along the border with Mexico.
The Sinema campaign released a statement saying Sinema has a strong record on border security, including supporting an increase in the penalties on immigrant smugglers and helping get more customs officers at Arizona's ports of entry.
McSally has shifted to the right on immigration, helping draft a bill last year that would have sharply cut legal immigration. She also signed onto another bill that would have let young immigrants known as "Dreamers" to stay in the country, but was loaded with so many new regulations on them and other limits on immigration that the Dreamers themselves, all Democrats - including Sinema - and many Republicans opposed it.
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