Keep New Times Free
| Ducey |

Warming Up the Crowd for Trump, Governor Doug Ducey Blasts Democrats

No doubt who they're for.EXPAND
No doubt who they're for.
Jim Louvau

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey urged a crowd at Friday's Donald Trump rally in Mesa to support down-ballot Arizona Republicans in the midterms.

“Today, under President Trump, our economy is booming thanks to historic tax reform,” Ducey said, who was one of the speakers on stage before Trump.

He said that Trump is “wiping away useless regulations and has set the American economy free.”

Ducey raised the specter of “activist judges” and said that Republicans are grateful for Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both Trump appointees.

Leaning into one of his campaign themes against Democratic gubernatorial candidate David Garcia, Ducey said the Trump administration is securing the Southern border.

Democrats like Garcia, Ducey said, want to abolish ICE, pull back the National Guard, and erase the wall on the southern Arizona border with Mexico.

“Is that the Arizona you want to imagine?” Ducey said repeatedly.

He also gave a shout-out to Senate candidate Martha McSally. A former combat fighter pilot, McSally has been fighting for her country her entire life, Ducey said.

Who better to send to Washington D.C. to straighten out politicians than a fighter pilot, Ducey asked.

However, the governor said that Arizonans shouldn’t let up, suggesting that Democrats could roll back the progress that Republican control has created in Arizona.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

Republicans ought to get involved and do everything they can to deliver victory on November 6, Ducey told the crowd.

“Whether it’s Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, or Hillary Clinton herself ... the Left is going to do everything they can and pull out all the stops,” Ducey said.

The governor currently has a lead over Garcia in the polls.

Trump was still nowhere close to taking the stage by the time Ducey’s speech was over and the governor left the stage.

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.