Arizona Senate Candidate Awkwardly Distances Herself From Bannon Endorsement

The spectacular flare-out of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has not come without consequences for the bevy of outsider political candidates he endorsed for office. Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward, who Bannon endorsed wholeheartedly as one of the soldiers in his anti-GOP-establishment revolt, appeared on CNN’s New Day Thursday morning to talk about the race. The conversation moved to Bannon after CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Ward if she expected an endorsement from President Donald Trump. In response, Ward touted her endorsements from “conservative stalwarts” like Sen. Rand Paul, and Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. “And Steve Bannon,” Camerota noted. “I don’t know that I really got, uh, a full endorsement from Steve,” Ward replied. “Oh I think you were his candidate,” Camerota countered, as Ward continued to protest. But alas, Camerota had the printouts, and began reading a press release from Ward in the candidate touted Bannon’s endorsement of her. “Yes,” Ward conceded. “But he was never part of my campaign, he was never an adviser, he’s not somebody that I’d reach out and talk to in any shape or form.” The senate candidate then took a swipe at Camerota and “the establishment” for trying to tie her to Bannon. “Your press release ties you to Steve Bannon!” Camerota replied. “But why are you distancing yourself now from Steve Bannon?” Ward agreed that she was “distancing” herself from the now-former chairman of Breitbart, citing his “significant gaffes” as “unacceptable.” Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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