There is a clear choice for Arizona. Rich Carmona is a combat-decorated Special Forces veteran who went to college and medical school on the GI Bill. Carmona grew up in a poor Hispanic family, was homeless for a time and had little hope for a future. But after serving in Vietnam, Carmona was the first in his family to go to college. He became a trauma surgeon, deputy sheriff and the 17th Surgeon General of the United States. Now, he's running for the U.S. Senate to restore civility to government, protect women's access to health care options, keep our promises to our seniors and ensure our veterans and their families get the benefits they've earned.
Congressman Jeff Flake is a career politician and former lobbyist who uses campaign funds to pay himself and his family -- and has used taxpayer and special interest money to take forty-five trips all over the world. Congressman Flake would block access to contraception, defund Planned Parenthood and privatize Social Security and Medicare. Congressman Flake voted against veterans benefits in the middle of two wars and even opposed the post-9/11 GI Bill.
On issue after issue, Congressman Flake is the wrong choice for Arizona.
Congressman Flake has used campaign contributions to pay himself and his family nearly ninety thousand dollars in wages and reimbursements; including paying out over $30,000 in salary for his wife.
Flake has taken forty-five trips paid for by taxpayers and special interest groups since becoming a congressman, to places like France, Italy, Hawaii and Argentina.
Flake broke his promise to serve only three terms in Congress and after 12 years admits he “lied” to voters.
Congressman Flake is a former lobbyist and registered foreign agent for a uranium mine partially owned by Iran.
Jeff Flake said recently that he'd prefer the politicians in the state legislature could pick our US Senators instead of letting voters decide, which could only happen by repealing the Seventeenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Flake said, "I think that's better."
Rich Carmona is a decorated Special Forces combat veteran, nurse, doctor, deputy sheriff and former U.S. Surgeon General. He grew up in a poor Hispanic family and went from being a high school dropout to graduating from medical school.
Rich understands the struggles Arizona families are going through and is running for Senate to ease the burden on working families.
In the Senate, he will fight for working families, seniors and small businesses and make sure their interests are protected.
Congressman Flake wants to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood, endangering health checkups and mammograms for nearly forty thousand Arizona women.
Congressman Flake supports allowing employers to deny women contraception coverage from their healthcare plans.
Congressman Flake voted against a new pay equity law that helps ensure employers pay women the same as men for equal work.
Jeff Flake cosponsored a bill with Congressman Todd Akin redefining rape to block health benefits for victims of statutory rape and incest.
As a former U.S. Surgeon General and the nation's top healthcare advocate, Rich Carmona has always fought for women to have access to comprehensive healthcare and be in charge of making decisions that are best for their health.
As a former nurse and trauma doctor, Rich Carmona will fight any attempt to block a woman's access to prescription contraceptives, or allow employers to intervene in healthcare decisions made by women and their doctors.
Congressman Flake supports privatizing Medicare and turning it into a voucher system, increasing out of pocket costs for seniors by as much as $6,400 every year.
Congressman Flake supports raising the retirement age and privatizing Social Security, which would allow part of the Social Security trust fund to be invested in the stock market.
Rich Carmona will protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security.
Rich believes in keeping our promises to our nation’s seniors while preserving these programs for our children and grandchildren.
Congressman Flake repeatedly voted against veterans benefits even while America was fighting two wars.
Congressman Flake voted for budgets that cut billions from health, education and job training for veterans – and even voted against bonuses for American soldiers.
Congressman Flake voted against the new post-9/11 GI Bill and opposed job training for veterans.
Rich Carmona is a decorated Special Forces veteran who was wounded in Vietnam. He believes it’s critical that service men and women get the care and help they’ve earned when they return home from war.
Rich Carmona believes it is our moral obligation to assist our veterans transition into civilian life by supporting job training, education and health care programs for veterans.