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McCain ad: No question Hayworth is a 'huckster'

By Emi Kolawole
Arizona Sen. John McCain has taken it up a notch with another campaign ad that targets his opponent in the GOP primary.

McCain had already released an ad that in effect called former congressman J.D. Hayworth a "huckster" for his appearance in a "free money" infomercial.

But the new ad uses more of Hayworth's own words against him. While the first ad appeared to leave the "huckster" label up for debate by posing it as a question, this ad dispenses with the question mark and includes the warning "Voter Beware."

That phrase is a spin on Hayworth's original defense of his appearance in the ads. "One of the staples I learned growing up is caveat emptor, 'buyer beware,'" he said in a video Webcast, part of which was used for the McCain ad. "I think that is a given in any commercial endeavor -- I would certainly hope in this one." (After that Webcast, Hayworth issued an apology for appearing in the ad, calling it a "mistake.")

By Emi Kolawole  |  July 5, 2010; 12:39 PM ET
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Comments

John McCain was involved in the Lincoln Savings fiasco and skated out of the limelight while others served time. McCain is very pro-amnesty for illegal aliens, and is too willing to vote with the Democrats.
JD Hayworth represents Arizona and all Americans and is very pro-military, and anti-drug, anti-smuggling, and pro SB 1070.

Posted by: hihi222 | July 7, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I love humor and politics. JD Hayworth is as politically corrupt as they come and the possibility of JD returning to congress is a terrible thought. JD lost his seat to a democrat last time he was in Congress. JD never seems to maintain static on anything he says or does. JD will say or do whatever it takes to fill his pockets or earn a vote. JD has a long line of unethical behaviors under his belt and continues to use his mouth to try and get himself out of trouble.

Posted by: antidonkey | July 7, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Its always entertaining when a republican challenges another republican's ethics or intelligence. Its one of the few times they are being honest.

What McCain should be asking is how his party dug up Hayworth and does he see the need for improvement in the republican party, as everyone else does? If so maybe he needs to work to change his party, something I don't see any moderate republican attempting. If they won't stand up and defend their own party, how can you expect them to stand up for America or her people?

Posted by: Fate1 | July 6, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

RepuBPlican infighting - how entertaining!

Posted by: areyousaying | July 6, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

JD Hayworth was one of Jack Abramoff's best friends until the money stopped flowing. How will he do when he's got some actual power in his hands? John McCain judged Sarah Palin fit to step in as the leader of the free world. Ponder what that says about the old soldier's judgement.

Posted by: firethief | July 6, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

"Huckster" is a word more would assign to Senator McCain. Come on,John,tell what you really believe about Arizona's new immigration law.

Posted by: slim2 | July 6, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Sorry John.....The last election I voted for a NAVY Pilot and got a soft in the head grandpa.

Your stance on ILLEGAL INVASION is a deal breaker.

What part of ILLEGAL don't you understand?

Posted by: TexRancher | July 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"Do the Democrats have a chance at this seat?"

Oh, absolutely, but probably not a Washington Insider.

This year, being a Democrat and someone who holds national office is toxic to a candidate.

Posted by: Skeptic1 | July 6, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

If Hayworth is a huckster, then what does that make McCain. Hint: Consdeir that he chose a bimbo for a running mate.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | July 6, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't typically think that a Democrat would have a shot at a Senate seat in Arizona, but if an unscrupulous blow-hard Hayworth gets the Republican nomination.....wow. Even if McCain gets it, he's losing altitude every day, sounds querulous and looks weird. This is bad.

Posted by: sdavis3398 | July 6, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't typically think that a Democrat would have a shot at a Senate seat in Arizona, but if an unscrupulous blow-hard Hayworth gets the Republican nomination.....wow. Even if McCain gets it, he's losing altitude every day, sounds querulous and looks weird. This is bad.

Posted by: sdavis3398 | July 6, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't typically think that a Democrat would have a shot at a Senate seat in Arizona, but if an unscrupulous blow-hard Hayworth gets the Republican nomination.....wow. Even if McCain gets it, he's losing altitude every day, sounds querulous and looks weird. This is bad.

Posted by: sdavis3398 | July 6, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Look for Mike Huckabee to weigh in on this in three . . . two . . . one . . .

Posted by: mattintx | July 6, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

No mention of that other famous Huckster - SARAH PALIN

Posted by: racerdoc | July 6, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A "huckster" huh? But, does the guy know how many houses he owns, or even where they are located? Will he defend his own family in the face of attacks by an opponent? Will he recognize a "real" qualified candidate for high office if asked to do so?
I have lost all respect for John McCain and would not waste "your" vote on him, let alone my own.

Posted by: motiv8ed | July 6, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

McCain is tired, very tired, and the other guy is a sleazebag. A brilliant and bold stroke would have been for him to step aside for his daughter who is bright, cool, and has fresh ideas. Do the Democrats have a chance at this seat?

Posted by: ajlerner1 | July 6, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

McCain has his problems...no doubt. But AZ and America don't need this a-hole Hayworth.

We had enough of his antics when he was in the House. The voters of AZ were smart enough to get rid of him then. Don't make the mistake of giving him a second chance. We've already seen enough of him.

Posted by: joelinpdx | July 6, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Republican against Republican. Sigh.... This is a lose/lose scenario. Doesn't matter which of these two clowns win. America loses.
I used to respect McCain, till he rolled over for Bush in 2000. And then became Bush's lapdog for 8 years.
McCain is tired. Plain and simple. He is just going through the motions. Probably better to have this new idiot in there. He would be a junior senator, and a loud, obnoxious and self defeating tea bagger to boot. He would be an easy target next time around.
Except for the fact that the tea baggers would crow like roosters, I say retire him.

Posted by: bosatsu | July 6, 2010 4:27 AM | Report abuse

What is McCain?? McCain is more than a huckster himself. John McCain has a history of close relationships with convicted felons. From Charles Keating to his involvement with convicted felon Scot Rothstein. Rothstein even had a Ponzi scheme to benefit McCain's campaign. The U S Justice Dept. should investigate to see what involvement McCain himself had in this awful scheme.

Posted by: budsan1 | July 6, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I just sent John McCain a Telegram and told him this was one of his best!

However, I am still curious to know if John even knows what a television is.

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | July 6, 2010 12:55 AM | Report abuse

I just sent John McCain a Telegram and told his this was one of his best!

However, I am still curious to know if John even knows what a television is.

Posted by: joemcnamara1 | July 6, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Where are all the educated men and women of Arizona? If case anyone has not noticed lately, we are last in education, and anybody with any brains is smart enough to stay out of Arizona politics. The state is being run by extremists, and our senators insist on bringing nothing back to Arizona (ie earmarks or as McCain calls it "pork") So there you have it. Living in Pima County since 1976 I know what the deal is.

Posted by: deadchief | July 6, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Is this is the best that Arizona can produce?
Where are all of the educated men and women of Arizona? Why would they want themselves represented by either of these two? I agree with McCain that Haysworth is a huckster, but McCain is now an old man who has lived off the American dole his entire life, so why aren't younger men and women challenging these two? I have friends who moved to Arizona who are intelligent and thoughtful citizens and I know there are millions just like them. Arizonans encourage your talented, decent and well educated younger people to run for office and then support their candidacy. Our Congress is overrun with mostly men who have made it their home and walked away from their common sense long ago.
We sure don't need anymore McCains and God help us, someone like Haysworth. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | July 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm no McCain fan...but the idea that anyone could possibly support Hayworth as an alternative is just crazy.

Posted by: taylorb1 | July 5, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Dump McCain!

Posted by: racam | July 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

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