Should Sen. Kyrsten Sinema seek reelection in 2024, she would face opposition from both the right and the left. However, the threat has not yet led the former Democrat to defect to the GOP.
Sinema stated during a pre-recorded interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that she is “absolutely” done with parties and will never join the Republican Party.
“Won’t you never switch to the Republican Party now that you’re an independent?” questioned host Margaret Brennan.
Sinema responded with a resounding “no,” adding that “you don’t go from one broken party to another.”
Sinema left the Democratic Party in December 2022, but she hasn’t said if she’ll run for office again in 2024.
“I’m not here to talk about elections today,” she Sunday when pressed about her plans.
If she does run, Sinema will, at the least, face challenges from Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego and Republican Mark Lamb, the sheriff of Pinal County. But the senator has used her party transition to call for and end to the rise in the partisanship in Congress.
“I would suggest that what I tried to do in the United States Senate right is to show that we have differences, differences which should be celebrated,” Sinema said Sunday. “That’s an important part of a democracy. But those differences shouldn’t stop us from getting things done.”