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Senator McCain Defends Shift on Trump Endorsement

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Yuma-U.S. Senator John McCain visited Yuma Tuesday morning to meet with community leaders and business owners about the reauthorization of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. He also faced questions about the 2016 presidential race.

McCain toured the Yuma Territorial Prison and was briefed on efforts to preserve and share the history of the historical landmark along with the Yuma East Wetlands.

McCain also took questions from the media about the 2016 elections and why he revoked his endorsement of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“Obviously because of his statements about women. That’s just not an acceptable approach to women in our society." McCain said.

"In addition to that, he also said that he was in favor of working with the Russians, Syrians and Iranians in Syria who are slaughtering thousands of people," he said. "That kind of leadership is not right and it’s dangerous for the future of America security.”

Even as McCain spoke to local media, Trump tweeted his reaction to the Senator’s decision to unendorse him.

Trump said, “The very foul mouthed Sen. John McCain begged for my support during his primary (I gave, he won), then dropped me over locker room remarks!”

McCain is facing Representative Ann Kirkpatrick in his bid for re-election. We ask him if he is concerned he will lose votes from Trump supporters in the state.

"I’m always concerned about everything that I do but I have to do the right thing," McCain said. "And I know what the right thing is and I’m confident that the voters of Arizona will understand whether they agree or disagree. They'll be judging me of my record of service to the state of Arizona and to this nation.”

If elected, it will be McCain’s sixth term in the Senate.