TEMPE, Ariz. - Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema spoke to the media for the first time since she declared she is running for U.S. Senate against Jeff Flake.
12 News caught up with Sinema Friday at a student veteran education fair to hear more about why she's running and the issues facing Arizonans.
“Right now in our country, there is a hunger for folks who are willing to solve problems and get things done,” said Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona’s 9th district.
Sinema shook up the political world when she announced her run for the U.S. Senate seat, setting up what some expect to be a competitive race if she faces the incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake.
“My record as a bipartisan individual who is willing to work with anyone to solve problems is what we need in our country today,” said Sinema. “There’s a whole host of issues that folks are worried about in Arizona. One of the issues, of course, we see right here is taking care of our veterans.”
Sinema was referring to the Boots to Books Student Education Fair, which aims to get vets help with VA and Department of Defense education benefits, as well as career and financial planning.
“We started doing these after I met with some veterans up at NAU in Flagstaff, and they were explaining to me some of the problems they had separating from the military and then getting access to good education, and so we decided to put this fair together to help them,” Sinema said.
“It’s going to go help our student veterans transition out of the service and into what we call real life,” said Stephen Smith, director of military affairs for Grand Canyon University.
Sinema said she won’t weigh in on President Trump’s attacks on her possible opponent Flake.
"Nobody wants me to talk about your other Senator, who's weak on borders, weak on crime," President Donald Trump said during his Phoenix rally in August.
“I don’t have anything to say about that,” Sinema said.