This was published on azcentral.com  You need an account to read the entire artcle.  Use the headline from this to search on their site.  We post this because we posted the same activity by Wendy Rogers who distributed an 8 page "newspaper" pretending it was real news but is only about Wendy since her campaign thought it was a good idea to try to trick voters.  It now seems Kelli Ward is doing the same thing.

Someone along the way commented on Ward's drumbeat to get Arpaio out of the race.  The statement, loosely, went like this:  Trump had  eleven opponents.  Not once did he call for any to drop out.  

We believe every person in America can strive to run for office.  They need only get sufficient signatures to get on the ballot but do not need anyone's permission.  The voters will do the rest.

NOTE:  Pres. Trump has avoided endorsing or supporting anyone in this race but if he did, he may well endorse his friend from day one, Joe Arpaio.  The other two are faking having been on the Trump Train from the beginning.  Thanks to RJ for this report.

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Yvonne Wingett Sanchez

ArizonaRepublic | USATODAYNETWORK

Kelli Ward, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, is distributing a campaign flyer with a photo of herself standing alongside President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

Trump agreed to pose for a photo with Ward during the December 2017 visit but specifically asked that it not be shared, according to a White House official who witnessed the brief exchange but is not authorized to speak publicly about it.

Ward, a former state senator from Lake Havasu City, has been seeking the president’s endorsement since the earliest days of her campaign; she also failed to capture Trump’s endorsement during her unsuccessful 2016 primary challenge of U.S. Sen. John McCain. For nearly a year, Ward has touted a tweet in which Trump invoked her name while slamming U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, who is retiring.

The matter is not trivial: Trump’s blessing could be a crucial factor in the


three-way Republican primary race, which also includes former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a Trump political ally, and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, who also has been touting her access to Trump on the campaign trail.

So far, Trump has not officially endorsed any candidate in the Arizona GOP race.

Early ballots for the primary will be mailed out Wednesday.

Prior to emailing questions Monday afternoon to Ward’s campaign spokesman about her use of the photo, The Arizona Republic could find no other instances in which the photo of Ward and Trump was shared.

Monday evening — after her campaign exchanged emails with The Republic about whether Ward had permission to distribute the photo — Ward blasted out the photo of her with Trump on Twitter, along with a tweet he posted in August 2017.

Ward wrote in the tweet that she thanks God every day for Trump and “the amazing job he is doing” to “Make America Great Again,” a nod to the president’s 2016 campaign slogan.

Zachery Henry, Ward’s spokesman, said in an emailed statement that the White House official’s description of the “photograph/conversation” was inaccurate.

“Dr. Ward is quite proud to have spent time with the President and received his tweet of encouragement last year,” Henry wrote, adding that the other two GOP candidates are playing up their own relationships with Trump.

The White House’s press office did not respond to a request for comment.

A person familiar with the operations of the Trump campaign said in a written statement Thursday that the president “likes all of the candidates in the race very much” and looks forward to supporting the Republican nominee in the general election.

“President Trump has not endorsed anyone in the GOP Senate primary in Arizona and any photos or other general expressions of support shouldn’t be read as such,” the person wrote.

The small photo on Ward’s flyer appears on the left-hand corner of a onepage primer illustrating the differences between Ward and rival McSally, of Tucson.

McSally is the best-funded Republican in the primary, and polls show her leading. She is currently on the air with ads using sound bites from Trump praising her as “the real deal” and “tough.”

The picture could imply Ward has landed an endorsement she does not have in a race where Trump’s approval is the most coveted endorsement of all.

The flyer’s photo is accompanied by the August 2017 tweet from Trump that blasted Flake, who condemned the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of Trump in announcing he would not seek re-election.

“Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake, who is WEAK on borders, crime and a nonfactor in Senate,” Trump’s tweet said. “He’s toxic!”

Trump’s tweet has been featured on the campaign’s social-media pages for the past 11 months, Henry wrote.

“... and we’re quite proud of it,” Henry wrote. “Especially considering our two GOP opponents have received no such public encouragement from the President.”

Ward’s flyer added a speech bubble that pointed to Trump’s tweet.

The bubble said, “AND ‘Martha McSally is Worse than Jeff Flake,’ ” a reference to a headline from an opinion story published on the politically conservative website Townhall.com.

Ward’s campaign flyer was distributed to voters at a Republican women’s club event last week.

For many of these voters, candidates’ loyalty to Trump is the key to their vote.

They are fed up with Arizona’s two senators, McCain and Flake, whose animosity with Trump began in 2015, soon after Trump announced his presidential bid.

All of the candidates for the GOP primary are touting their relationship with Trump in campaign ads, during media interviews and in stump speeches.

If elected, Ward pledged to help the president build a wall along the U.S.Mexico border and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

“Strongly supports President Trump and is a true advocate for the America First agenda — proudly voted for him in 2016,” her campaign flyer said, in attempting to draw a contrast with McSally.

McSally did not endorse Trump in the 2016 election — and may not have voted for him.

Follow the reporter on Twitter @yvonnewingett and on Facebook. Reach her at yvonne.wingett@arizona republic.com.

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I wish I had your gift of succinctness.

Compliment accepted. I love Jesus as my Savior. He guides my life. The more I thank Him, the more He blesses me. All glory to Him.

Glad to read your testimony Angie. I see America's problem as being too many people failing to acknowledge the importance of James 4:17 and to honor the passage by doing what is right.

A result is that people don't look at the past performance of candidates nor even ask them their position on pertinent issues. The end result is that people are elected who lack the knowledge, courage and/or integrity to do what is right. 

As you know, the bible tells us to know the truth and the truth will set us free. I believe that is fact but only if we recognize the truths and conduct ourselves accordingly. Unfortunately, too many people make decisions based on emotions and personalities rather than facts.

Kelli Ward has had to ward off the likes of John McCain and now it seems, some in the Republican Party.  I've heard Kelli a couple times and would vouch for her character as much if not more than any other politician.  But this seems to me a purposed personal attack by yet others to defame her.  No politicians are squeaky clean, President Trump himself no exception.  Yet, considering the climate and mudslinging so ubiquitous in today's politics, are we going to dump Trump because he uses language that sometimes isn't quite presidential?   I think not; in fact I'm glad he can bark louder than the dogs continually barking at his heels.  As for Kelli, she's in yet another fight by interests who have their own pet politician their pushing.  But I'm actually glad she's not a quitter and will stick it back in their face.  As for the picture, did she state that President Trump supports her or is she just stating that she supports Him? .......... Oh,........ it's implied.   Well, I'll take that into consideration.

At no time has President Trump endorsed ANY of the three Senatorial candidates.

In my opinion, Dr. Ward is the candidate best equipped based on life experience to defeat Kyrsten Sinema. Sinema and Ward are at opposite ends of the human spectrum. Their historical contrast will polarize voters to support Kelli Ward. Read on Facebook "Just theory with no facts but I think in exchange for his pardon, there was a deal struck between Trump and McConnell, that Arpaio was to be pardoned if he would enter the Arizona Senate race and in return McConnell will not allow an impeachment trial in the Senate if the Republicans lose the House. This would insure an establishment candidate like McSally win the seat."

Angie I agree that Ward would have more success against Sinema and they are opposite souls on the "human spectrum".

It disturbs me most that none of the three find it more important to stress how constitutional their legislative policy will be than how conservative it will be. There's no document that sets a standard for measuring how conservatively one legislates, but the US Constitution sets that standard for critical evaluation. Of the three, Arpaio, IMO will likely be the most constitutional, since he's announced he will be a lame duck senator.

I fear the DC beltway will corrupt Dr. Ward as it has Flake and McSally before she can start her term.

So Tom it comes down to a candidate already corrupted to the party leader both in the House and will march to orders of the repub leader in the Senate or a lame duck Senator like the good Sheriff of course he does not have a chance in hell to win the Senate OR making a choice to give Ward a shot. We have scorecards that rate Wards record in the AZ Senate and we have these scorecards of McSally's time in the House.

Good policy can be passed partisan or bipartisan and poor policy as well.

I have heard Kelli Ward speak many many times. I believe from my toes to the top of my head is that she is a conservative, the real deal and likewise she is committed to constitutional rigor.

I concluded that even if I had a doubt, which I don't, sending Kelli Ward to the Senate is a chance worth taking because the other choices are not good choices for many reasons.

The thing we all must do is to hold our new Senator accountable after she is elected. Our work does not end after voting day the work only morphs to another stage.

Tom, I have said from the beginning that Ward is only a plane ticket away from being a swamp person.  I just see her differently but I make a practice of never liking any candidate until they earn my opinion.  Today, I voted but I didn't feel I had a good candidate to vote for.  I voted with no enthusiasm.  Such an important election and only degrees of bad candidates.  Not necessarily bad people.

Tom:
Good thinking. As you know, a conservative is by definition one who wishes to retain the status quo. Its clear to me that Kelli and Sally are conservatives. Both have held elected offices in which they could have tried to bring attention to the most important issues that must be successfully addressed to MAGA. Both failed to do so. Perhaps Joe, knowing he would probably not be running for a second term, wouldn't worry about going along to get along but would actually read the Constitution and work to honor his oath to uphold it.

I am going to have to give thought to the statement "conservative is by definition one who wishes to retain the status quo".  I'm thinking off the top one might have to define those parts of 'status quo' that are personally acceptable in ones "values".

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