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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Run for Senate in Arizona

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 January 2018 12:05 PM

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for Senate in Arizona, the Washington Examiner reports.

Arpaio, 85, is the latest candidate to enter the race for retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake's seat. The controversial sheriff was pardoned last summer by President Donald Trump after being convicted of ignoring a federal court order in regards to racial profiling. He's known for his strict immigration policies, and may provide more conservative voters with an alternative to candidates Kelly Ward and Rep. Martha McSally in the primary.

"I have a lot to offer. I'm a big supporter of President Trump," Arpaio told the Examiner. "I'm going to have to work hard; you don't take anything for granted. But I would not be doing this if I thought that I could not win. I'm not here to get my name in the paper, I get that everyday, anyway."

He then defended his immigration policies and denied accusations of bigotry, citing his own family's broad background.

"My mother and father came here from Italy, legally of course. I have a soft spot for the Mexican community having lived there," he said. "I'm not going to get into my personal life, but I will say we have four grandkids and some have a different ethnic and racial background. I don't say that. I don't use my grandkids. So, I have a soft spot, but still, I'm going to do my job. You have to do it."

He added that "being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me. It's tough. It's a tough decision. But, if you're going to come across that border, you should be arrested and get the consequences of it."

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