tv Gov. Ducey Rep. Mc Sally News Conference CSPAN December 18, 2018 1:16pm-1:31pm EST
reform bill, with a vote on passage possible today. also, we could see work on government funding to keep certain agencies operating past the friday midnight deadline. president trump had threatened a government shutdown over a stalemate with democrats on border wall funding. the white house might be backing down on that, with white house press secretary sarah sanders addressing that earlier today, and she is also expected to talk about that this afternoon, during the white house press briefing. c-span will have it live starting at 1:30 eastern. see the senate live when they return here on c-span 2 starting at 2:15 eastern. arizona governor doug doocy on tuesday, today, tapped outgoing congresswoman martha mcsalley to fill the seat of the late john mccain. she lost a bitterly fought senate race in november against senator-elect sinema. she was appointed days after jon kyl announced he would resign from the senate on december
31st. mcsalley will serve out the remaining two years of senator mccain's term which expires january of 2021 and will face a special election for a full six-year term in 2020. here's a look at governor ducey earlier today talking with martha mcsalley. >> good morning. i want to begin by offering my sincere thanks to senator jon kyl. when we stood here just a few months ago it was in a very challenging time for both arizona and our country. congress had a full workload to get through and arizona was just coming off a very difficult week following the death of senator john mccain. arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running and represent our state with
experience and confidence, and that's exactly what jon kyl did. over the last few months, senator kyl has served with the same integrity and statesmanship that marked his 26 years in congress. he didn't have to return to the united states senate, but he did, and i remain deeply grateful to him and carol for answering the call to serve once again when arizona needed them most. there's a reason he isn't here today. he didn't want to miss a vote. and that's illustrative of how seriously jon kyl takes the job of united states senator. when i appointed senator kyl, he committed to serving through the end of this year. it was my hope he would serve longer, but i knew he might decide otherwise. as you all know, last week, he
informed me he will be stepping down on december 31st. i gave careful consideration when deciding who should represent our state moving forward. the need for effective leadership is just as great today as it was then. and once again, the question is the same. who is the best person available to represent the state of arizo arizona. arizona needs someone who understands the critical issues, who can get to work on day one, and who embodies a spirit of service, of putting the people we represent above all else. martha mcsally possesses these qualities. colonel mcsally's service to this country is one for the history books. 26 years in the united states
air force, she served six tours to the middle east and afghanistan, and was selected to stand up africa command. she was the first woman to fly in combat, and the first woman to command a fighter squadron in combat. and she has represented southern arizona in congress since 2015, becoming one of the most effective members in all of congress. all her life, martha has put service first, leading in the toughest of fights and at the toughest of times. one of the first women ever selected for fighter pilot training. over 325 combat hours flown in the a-10 warthog. commander of her fighter squadron known as the bulldogs.
and an unrelenting drive to make positive change, even when it means challenging authority. like when she took on the pentagon to overturn a discriminatory policy that forced women service members to wear muslen garb even before she entered congress. martha mcsally is uniquely qualified to fight for arizona's interests in the united states senate. on issues affecting arizona's military bases and veterans, she brings a personal expertise as one who has worn the uniform. on the important issues that affect every day families, she's shown a talent for bringing people together and finding common ground. i'm proud to call martha mcsally a friend, and i know that together, with senator-elect
sinema, she will advocate for our state and work across the aisle to get positive things done. thank you, martha, for stepping up. >> well, thank you, governor. i'm really humbled by the confidence that you've placed in me and i'm honored by this appointment. over the last year, i have traveled over this great state and met with countless arizonans and i have heard from them. i have done a lot of listening and i have learned a lot. i have heard about the very serious issues that arizonans all over our state face, as well as the hope they have for our future. hope for a brighter tomorrow, hope that the american dream is every bit as good for their kids and their grandkids. when i ran for the senate, it was with a full understanding of the monumental responsibility that comes with that office, as
one of only 100 senators in the country and only two from arizona. and it's with that same appreciation for this office that i humbly stand before you today. i take seriously the call to service. the oath that members of congress swear that i will swear in the future again is the same oath that i took as an air force officer, same exact words, and it's one that i never take lightly. as i now deploy to the senate, i pledge to devote all my energy to ensuring that all arizonans have a voice. i also look forward to working with kyrsten sinema in the senate just like we did in the house. there's a lot of common ground between us and i'm ready to hit it running. arizona's two senators have always worked together for decades. that's our tradition and how we are most effective, and that's how i plan to serve. this is the model that senator kyl served with that i witnessed first-hand as his legislative fellow 19 years ago. i'm honored to have the
opportunity to serve in the seat of someone who served our state for decades, someone who i have immense respect for, john mccain. john mccain was a giant in the senate, an arizona icon and an american hero. i'm going to commit to holding myself to the standard of service that senator mccain x exempli exemplified, putting country before self, and always striving to do the right thing for arizonans. our country faces a lot of challenges but none are as big as the opportunity we have to move america forward and secure a brighter, more secure future for all. i'm again humbled, very humbled, by this opportunity to continue to serve and i'm ready to get to work. thank you. >> we will open it to questions. please raise your hand. >> governor or senator-elect mcsally, who will be sworn in first? will it be you, or senator-elect
sinema? >> kirsten sinema will be sworn in first. she will be the senior senator from arizona. martha mcsally's swearing-in will happen following senator-elect sinema's. >> why did you decide to do it that way? >> of course we will follow senate rules. i'm also going to respect the will of the voters. senator-elect sinema was elected to the office and she will be sworn in first. >> we will come over here. >> congresswoman mcsally, can you talk a little bit about how you intend on cementing this relationship with kirsten sinemma and how you will find areas where you can get things done? >> we worked together in the house. we had a very spirited campaign but it's over. i congratulated her on the phone the night i conceded and in person on the floor, and i look
forward to working with her in the future, because this is what it's all about, service for arizona, it's about doing what's best for arizona. i think we can find that common ground and work together. i look forward to it. >> let me go along the same line. i was there for the debate when you essentially accused miss sinema of treason or treasonous acts. how do you get past that when you have accused an elected congresswoman, a senator-elect, of treason? >> the election's over and the people have spoken and i'm honored to have this appointment, and now for all of us, it's about moving forward and it's about the challenges that we have as a state and as a country and continuing to be problem solving to make a difference for the people that we represent. that's the approach that i'll take. i look forward to working with kirsten. tickets ed i texted her this morning. >> what would be your message to voters out there who may be a little bit skeptical, they may
say you didn't win the election but now you are being appointed by the governor and maybe that's not the way it should be? what would your message be to those folks who might be skeptical of this appointment? >> as i said in my remarks, i am very humbled and grateful for this opportunity and this appointment by governor ducey. i spent my life in service and i'm going to continue to serve with everything i've got to make a difference for those who i represent. that's what i did in the house and that's what i intend to do in the senate. >> thank you very much. we appreciate it. thank you. >> three questions? seriously? what about the fact meghan mccain's husband tweeted out calling mcsally a poor choice? how do you overcome the fact that the senator's own daughter and her husband seem to think this is not a good idea? >> i think you all know the regard that i hold senator john mccain in, and his legacy as an
arizona treasure, an american icon and a hero to our country. i have the same feelings about cindy and the entire mccain family for that matter. i was happy that martha and cindy were able to get together and visit earlier this week and clear the air, and now it's time to get to work. thank you. >> what do you think of the criticism that voters made their choice and they chose someone else? >> the voters did make their choice and i believe that the voters had two excellent choices in this past election. martha mcsally received over one million votes to the united states senate and now she will be serving alongside senior senator kirsten sinema. thank you all. >> -- you had a big influence on this decision.
who had your ear? >> you know, i have read many of those stories with great interest but there was one source and one name missing, and that was mine. i think the fact that i'm standing here and now with martha mcsally at my side making the appointment to the united states senate says everything that needs to be said. thank you all very much. >> a look at our prime time schedules on the c-span networks. at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span, a discussion on the role of special counsels with remarks from ken starr, who served as former independent counsel during the whitewater and lewinsky investigations. at 9:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 2, a look at the prospects of peace talks to end the civil war in yemen. on c-span 3, american history tv with programs on the history of
immigration in the u.s., including a 1911 report looking at that issue. tomorrow, house speaker paul ryan will deliver a farewell address at the library of congress. he's been speaker of the house since 2015. he served in the house since 1999. live coverage starts tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. eastern on our companion network, c-span 3. and shortly after that, testimony from veterans affairs secretary robert wilke on the future of his department's mission. he will be speaking before both the house and senate veterans affairs committees. that will be live tomorrow starting at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span 3. >> the government under which we live was created in the spirit of compromise and mutual concession. >> thomas jefferson questioned the need for a senate. >> the founders envisioned -- >> the framers believed -- >> let's follow the co