The Republican presidential nominee was asked Tuesday about the Arizona Republican Senate candidate’s comments about the state’s health care system and the state legislature’s vote on a bill that would have provided a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
“I would not say I’m going to be able to, but I will tell you that if I lose to McCain in Arizona, I will not want go to any other state,” Trump said.
Trump also noted that his campaign is spending money in the state.
“We’re in Arizona.
We’re in the heart of Arizona.
So we’re spending big money there,” Trump told reporters.
The Arizona GOP voted last month to pass a bill to allow people to obtain health insurance through a state-run exchange.
The Senate approved the bill, but the House did not take up the bill.
The House and Senate were expected to vote on the bill in the coming days, but Senate Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California told reporters that the Senate will not take action until after the election.
“The vote is not going to happen until the end of January,” he said.
The legislation was expected to cost the state between $5 billion and $7 billion, according to estimates from the state and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
Arizona is one of the states that has voted against the Affordable Care Act, which the Republican-led House passed in 2015 and President Trump signed into law.
McCain has faced criticism for comments that she made earlier this month about the law and its effect on Arizona.
“If I lose in Arizona,” she said at a rally in Phoenix, “we’re going to go back to the drawing board, we’re going back to a very, very different health care plan.”
McCain said she believed the ACA would improve coverage, and she told the audience, “If it does not, I am not going anywhere.”
“It is a disaster, and I will work with our leaders to fix it,” McCain said.