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Kari Lake’s rehabilitation tour: McCain smear was just a joke

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Kari Lake backtracked on many of her hardline positions during a radio interview as she tries to rehabilitate her image for a potential Senate run.

She claimed joking intent for past insults of the late John McCain and calling him a loser.

“It was said in jest,” Lake said, “and I think if John McCain, who had a great sense of humor, would have heard it he would have laughed.”

“It was the party of Romney. It was the party of McCain. And it was, I know it was bad,” she said to a booing crowd. “It was the party of Jeff Flake. Boy, Arizona has delivered some losers, haven’t they?”

“But we have some winners as well. We have Wendy Rogers, right there.”

However, in the past she strongly criticized McCain and celebrated driving a “stake through the heart” of his political machine.

“I have a good feeling that they’re going to do the right thing,” she regarding the Supreme Court. “We have a great law on the books right now, if that happens, we will be a state where we will not be taking the lives of our unborn anymore.”

She also walked back support for Arizona’s total abortion ban, saying she now defers to voters on the issue, whereas before she supported the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade to enact the territorial-era ban.

“I would support what the people of Arizona support,” she said.

“I don’t think that women should be taking a pill at home and risking hemorrhaging,” she said. “I care about women. I care about women’s health.”

“I don’t want sit and look backwards,” Lake said.

Lake now says she’s not sure who exactly stole her gubernatorial election, contradicting over a year of steadfast accusations against Maricopa County officials without proof.

The interview suggests Lake is pivoting to more moderate stances as she considers another campaign, though some see it as disingenuous given her prior fervent rhetoric.

“Can you tell us who stole the election from you and how they did it?” Lake was asked.

“I don’t know who exactly stole the election but there are a lot of people who are running elections poorly,” she said.

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