Sen. Kyrsten Sinema delivers maiden Senate speech invoking veterans, Sen. John McCain

Sinema has chosen not to respond to President Trump’s near-daily tweets and comments.

By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez | Arizona Republic

Six months into her first U.S. Senate term, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., delivered her “maiden speech” on the floor, honoring Arizona’s senators who came before her and paying homage to Senate traditions. 

Sinema, the first woman senator from Arizona, used the Senate ritual to speak about her legislative accomplishments and to urge her colleagues to seek compromise instead of division, in the spirit of the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

c During her 15-minute floor appearance, she said the past six months demonstrate how she will govern.

“I promised Arizona that I would do things differently than others in Washington,” she said. “Americans see a lot of chaos in this city. There’s intense pressure from all sides to spend time and energy on every scandal, every insult, every tweet, every partisan fight — and it’s easy to get distracted.


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