Republican candidate Jeff Flake continued his campaigning in Yuma for the U.S. Senate.
Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl joined Flake at Booth Machinery for a town hall focused on veterans, the military and Yuma-specific issues.
"We need to not continue to cut our military, which would also have a dramatic effect on Yuma's economy," McCain said.
Many veterans attended and said they oppose Pres. Barack Obama's health care reform act because they believe it takes money away from veteran and defense spending.
"I don't believe his Obamacare is going to work, and he's just going to crash the social security program and destroy our military," said Carl Gaiser, who is a veteran.
The event was open to the public, and a handful of non-Republicans attended.
One woman, who did not want to speak on camera, said she is Republican but is planning to vote for Obama, and she said she attended to hear what Flake had to say.
Currently, Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, but this year, a Republican majority is in reach.
Many recent polls show Flake and his opponent, Dr. Richard Carmona, within a tight margin of each other; that makes this race one that could topple the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate.
"I guarantee you this, if Jeff is not elected to the Senate, we will not control the Senate," Kyl said.
Flake told the crowd that the current administration is getting in the way of job growth in Yuma.
"Thirty percent unemployment is just unacceptable," Flake said. "And there's no way that any state or community could swim against the federal tide if we don't have policies at the federal level that are conducive to job growth."
On Wednesday, Flake and Carmona debated at Arizona Western College in Yuma. Carmona, who is a veteran and also worked as a sheriff's deputy near the border, told the audience that he, too, understands the needs of the Yuma area.