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Martha McSally is a veteran, who served 26 years in the Air Force as the first female fighter pilot in U.S history to fly in combat and to command a fighter squadron. She currently serves on the Armed Services Committee and has proposed several bills to help support armed service men and women. One of her recent proposals was the BRST Act, which asks Dept. of Defense to provide more technologically advanced breast cancer screening options for female service members. McSally recently expressed support to cut funds to veterans training programs to help reduce the federal budget, drawing criticism from Arizona veterans. 
Mark Kelly is a veteran of military service, having served in the U.S. Navy for over 25 years, done two deployments to the Arabian Gulf and flew 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. As more than half a million Arizonians have served in the military, Kelly understands that existing veteran services must adapt to the changing population of military personnel, including providing quality healthcare, education and job services, and has publicly stated that he wants to support expansion of the G.I. Bill. To that end, Kelly has received the endorsement of VoteVets, the first and largest progressive group of veterans in the US.  


McSally has shown indications that she is in favor of stricter control of gun access, such as tightening background checks, while previously dismissing gun-control efforts as "un-constitutional," She is one of the top congressional recipients of funds from gun advocacy groups, and has received strong support from the National Rifle Association (NRA). She has proposed one bill that would make domestic terrorism a federal crime.  
Mark Kelly is a gun-owner who has served in active combat. He understands the importance of committing to traditions, yet believes there is a way to ensure universal safety and prevent gun violence. Together with his wife, Gabby Giffords, a victim herself of near-fatal gun violence, he has founded "Giffords," a leading gun-safety organization, which has helped pass more than 290 new gun safety laws in 45 states and Washington DC. Kelly is a firm advocate for stronger gun safety laws, including increased education and working to pass universal background checks, to help save lives. 


McSally has consistently voted in favor of pro-life and anti-abortion legislation. She has sponsored bills to both defund and block patients' access to Planned Parenthood resources. However, as a victim of rape herself, she does believe that exceptions should be made in certain cases, most recently criticizing the Alabama abortion law for being too extreme.
Recently, McSally has promised that she will support President Trump's Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett, a strong "pro-life" advocate. 
Kelly has stated that part of his campaign platform is to protect healthcare rights of all Arizonians, including women's right to access reproductive health care services and choose what is best for their bodies and families. Kelly has received endorsements from Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice advocacy groups, including NARAL. Kelly has said he does not support Trump's Supreme Court nomination, Amy Coney Barrett, a strong "pro-life" proponent, and believes the decision should be made after the November election is over. 


McSally has earned a 48 (out of 100) on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard in her first term and 0 in her second. She voted against repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, and against expanding anti-discrimination laws to include sex and gender identity, and supported a bill allowing federal contractors to fire workers who identify as LGBTQ. McSally has supported amendments to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage, as well as Trump's withdrawal of resources for equal treatment of transgender students in public schools. 
Mark Kelly believes that all Arizonians have a right to "equal protections under the law, and the right to work and raise their families without fear." In January and March 2020 respectively, Human Rights Campaign and LGBTQ Nation officially endorsed Mark Kelly for senate, both citing his consistent record of supporting LGBTQ protection legislation. He is a strong supporter of the Equality Act, which outlaws discrimination in housing and places of employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.