‘It’s time for something new’: Blake Masters brings fire, more nuance to Arizona’s Senate race

Masters outlined his views on Social Security and abortion rights/Gage Skidmore

By Ronald J. Hansen | The Arizona Republic

Blake Masters is a thinker whose views can land with the delicacy of a hammer on glass.

The newly minted Republican nominee in Arizona’s U.S. Senate race is eager to press his case against his opponent, Sen. Mark Kelly, D-Ariz. But Masters, a 36-year-old conservative, also is attacking liberalism and others who stand for policies he sees as hurting America.

Masters is refining his campaign rhetoric and ready to test whether an expected Republican red wave in November can wash away Arizona’s recent purplish past.

In a 45-minute interview with The Arizona Republic, his most extensive since clinching the GOP nomination, Masters outlined his views on Social Security and abortion rights. He said what he would do to address gun violence and addressed his college-era libertarian writings that have some Republicans quietly anxious about the coming attacks on him.

It came as Masters expands his campaign team, welcomes the support of his former foes and hopes to win over more than Republicans.

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“I think in the general election the choice is: Do you think we’re going in the right direction? If someone looks around and says, ‘Hey, this border crisis, this inflation crisis, the sort of weak supply chains, skyrocketing crime. Yeah, sign me up.’ Well, they should probably vote for Mark Kelly because he has just helped (President) Joe Biden accomplish all of those things,” Masters said.

“They had the House. They had the Senate. They have had the White House. They’ve just failed, and it’s time for something new.”

Now Masters wants to make clearer what that means.

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