The only scheduled debate for the Arizona senate seat occurred last night. This isn’t really a fair race. Senator Mark Kelly served his country in the Navy for 25 years, a decorated veteran. He has spent 54 days in space as a NASA astronaut. He grew up in a middle class family, educated in public schools, and his entire career has been service orientated. He is the husband of former AZ congresswoman Gabby Giffords - who survived an assassination attempt in 2011 and ever since has been a heroic presence in the fight for reasonable gun control. Mark Kelly is just an all around stellar guy.
Blake Masters, on the other hand, is a prick. From Wikipedia:
Blake Gates Masters (born August 5, 1986) is an American venture capitalist, political candidate, and author… Masters was later chief operating officer of Peter Thiel's investment firm, Thiel Capital and also president of the Thiel Foundation. He has frequently been referred to as Thiel's protégé.
Masters attended Green Fields Country Day School, which was at the time a private school in Tucson
Blake Masters is the Waylon Smithers to Peter Thiel’s Mr. Burns.
Unlike Smithers, Masters is a conspiracy theorist and racist. Almost all mass shooters are White men but when Masters talks about gun violence he says “It's gangs. It's people in Chicago, St. Louis shooting each other. Very often, you know, Black people, frankly.” And of course, he’s a forced birther extremist.
It would be unprofessional for Senator Kelly to call him an arrogant prick. So instead he landed this perfect equivalent in last night’s debate. Doing what every Democrat running against anti-choice opponents need to do. Ask the voters directly— are the most complicated and personal of healthcare decisions up to you and your doctor, or does Blake Masters get to decide for you instead?
NO, I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A NATIONAL LAW THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS THAT WOMEN HAVE TO MAKE THIS DECISION BETWEEN THEM AND THEIR DOCTOR…
NOW, I THINK WE ALL KNOW GUYS LIKE THIS. (as Kelly points at Masters and turns toward him) GUYS THAT THINK THEY KNOW BETTER THAN EVERYONE ABOUT EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, YOU THINK YOU KNOW BETTER THAN WOMEN AND DOCTORS ABOUT ABORTION. YOU THINK YOU KNOW BETTER THAN SENIORS ABOUT SOCIAL SECURITY. YOU THINK YOU KNOW BETTER THAN VETERANS ABOUT HOW TO WIN A WAR. FOLKS, WE ALL KNOW GUYS LIKE THIS. AND WE CANNOT BE LETTING THEM MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT US. BECAUSE IT IS JUST DANGEROUS.
Here’s the debate. The above quote is around the 37 minute mark:
Or the c-span link: