On November 12, Senator-elect Kysten Sinema delivered a speech to a crowd of supporters at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The following is a transcript of the video:
Good evening everyone. Thank you so much for being here tonight.
I spoke to Congresswoman McSally this evening and I’m grateful for her service. We both ran for the Senate for the same reason, because we want what’s best for Arizona and our country.
As I head to serve our great state in the United States Senate, I pledge to double down on this approach. During my six years in Congress, I’ve tried to be a cheerful warrior willing to work with literally anyone to get things done.
I’ve tried hard to help others see our common humanity and find our common ground and I’m proud of how this approach has worked.
We’ve delivered real results for families, for veterans, and for business in Arizona. And during this campaign, I have been honored to meet with thousands of Arizonans in their workplaces, in coffee shops, and in neighborhoods.
All the other everyday Arizonans who were sick and tired of the dysfunction in Washington and who want leaders to put aside party labels and just focus on getting things done.
As your Senator, that’s exactly what I’ll do. Not by calling names or playing political games, but by showing up every day and doing the work to keep Arizona moving forward.
A few months ago we lost a legend who exemplified that spirit and all that is best of Arizona. His example shines a light on our way forward.
Senator John McCain stood for everything we stand for as Arizonans: fighting for what you believe in, standing up for what’s right even if you stand alone, and serving a cause that is greater than one’s self.
Senator McCain is irreplaceable but his example will guide our next steps forward.
He taught us to always assume the best in others, to seek compromise instead of sewing division, and to always put country ahead of party.
It’s up to all of us to carry on Senator McCain’s legacy.
Almost everywhere I go, I’m asked a variation of the same question: how did our country get to this place and how can we make it better?
And sometimes that question is targeted toward Congress: how to get elected officials to break the gridlock and work together?
Sometimes that question is about television commercials: how to get the ugliness to stop?
But in each question the root is the same: what has happened and how can we fix it?
Everyone recognizes that it’s broken. And really we all, we all know the solution.
We, the citizens of this great country, we must fix it.
We must be an active part of the solution. We must be willing to put down our sticks that are sharpened for battle and we must be willing to turn to our neighbors and pick them up instead.
Our challenge today is to heal the rent in our country’s fabric, to come together as a people and as a nation, to set aside our minor differences and unite around our love of country and its fundamental freedoms guaranteed by our great Constitution.
Senator McCain said, “But we have always had so much more in common with each other than in disagreement. If only we remember that and give each other the benefit of the presumption that we all love our country, we will get through these challenging times.”
It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight, but we can work together to meet the challenges that our country faces. We can do this differently for our country, for our future, for Senator McCain, and for each other, I think we must.