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Mark Kelly announces bid for John McCain's Senate seat

Mark Kelly announces bid for John McCain's Senate seat

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly entered the race Tuesday to finish John McCain's term in the U.S. Senate, looking to join a small club of space explorers who have served in the U.S. Capitol.

Democrat Mark Kelly announced a bid for the 2020 Senate seat now held by Martha McSally.

Kelly is married to former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Both Giffords and Kelly have advocated for stricter gun control in the US.

Kelly announced his run during a four-minute video featuring cinematic views of the desert and intimate video of him with his wife, who survived an assassination attempt at a 2011 constituent event near Tucson.

Kelly decried politicians who "ignore data and facts and in some cases don't even believe in science", but did not take on Trump directly, saying he's "not going to focus on the presidency or the White House".

"I learned a lot about solving problems from being an engineer", Kelly said in the video.

President Donald Trump won Arizona in the 2016 election, but USA media say the state will be a key battleground in the 2020 elections.

Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Iraq War veteran, is also weighing a bid for the Senate seat.

Divided Italy blocks European Union statement on recognizing Venezuela's Guaido
Guaido repeatedly has called on Venezuela's military , which has remained loyal to Maduro, to support a transition to democracy. But he didn't say if the Holy See would recognize Guaido and said he had no business interfering in the crisis.

His identical twin brother Scott was also a NASA astronaut.

McSally, a blunt-talking former Air Force combat pilot, ran unsuccessfully for Arizona's other Senate seat in November, losing narrowly to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

McCain, a legendary and beloved Arizona politician, died a year ago from an aggressive form of brain cancer after more than three decades in the Senate.

"You know, it becomes pretty obvious pretty early when you get into space that we're all kind of in this together", Kelly said in the video.

Giffords was severely wounded in a mass shooting on January 8, 2011. He was a backup pilot for the 1970 Apollo 13 mission and was swapped in a few days before the flight when Ken Mattingly was exposed to measles.

Kelly, running as a Democrat, would face Republican Martha McSally, who was the first woman to fly a jet fighter in combat, should he win his primary. The victor will have to run again for a full six-year term in 2022. Six others died and 12 were wounded in the attack by a lone gunman who is now serving seven consecutive life terms in prison. The Democrat served four terms there, and in his final months in office in 1998 flew again in space on the STS-95 shuttle mission.

Retired astronaut Mark Kelly announced Tuesday that he will run for the late Sen.

"The thing I have to do for my wife is to be able to think clearly and make good decisions..."

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