Arizona Congressional District 1 candidate Gary Kiehne apologized for a comment he made at a Republican primary debate in Florence on Saturday.
Asked about how he would protect gun rights, Kiehne said, “If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people. So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.”
On Monday morning, Kiehne issued a statement saying he had “since learned that the information that I based the comment off of was inaccurate and incorrect.”
“I’ve always believed that when you make a mistake, you should own up to it,” he said in the statement. “Too many politicians today offer nothing but spin and excuses when they say something they shouldn’t have. I’m not going to do that. Simply put, I shouldn’t have made the comment, and I want to offer my apology for making it without any reservations.”
The winner of the Republican primary election on Aug. 26 — a race between Kiehne, Adam Kwasman and Andy Tobin — will challenge incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in November.