February 24th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain links opponent to 'birthers' in Web video

 A new McCain Web video targets challenger J.D. Hayworth.
A new McCain Web video targets challenger J.D. Hayworth.

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain's campaign released a Web video Wednesday linking challenger J.D.Hayworth to prominent "birthers" Orly Taitz and Phil Berg.

The McCain video features comments from Taitz, Berg and Haworth in succession that question President Obama's citizenship. The narrator then asks, "What's the difference between these people? Only one is running for the U.S. Senate."

J.D. Hayworth, a talk-show host and former Arizona congressman, raised questions about President Obama's citizenship in an interview with CNN's Campbell Brown earlier this month.

Hayworth, who has billed himself as the "consistent conservative," later disavowed those comments and said, "I believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen," and "Barack Obama is the President of the United States."

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  1. Obama = WORST president EVER

    This is just plain desperate by the McCain campaign.

    Plus, everyone knows that Obama is a citizen of the planet MORON.

    February 24, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. FactCheck

    Can't really stand McCain for making Palin a celebrity but this ad is classic.

    February 24, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Duck Fallas

    Orly Taint is some funny crazy. Like Bachmann.

    I thought McCain liked mentally deficient lunatics.

    February 24, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    More hypocrisy. McCain danced around the issue during 2008 when it was still important to him to land the "birther" vote if he could.

    February 24, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Enough is Enough

    JD must be a moron if he thinks that running moderates out of the party will do anything but destroy it.

    February 24, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Crazy Harry

    What an embarrassment to the state of Arizona. Both of them.

    JD has been spewing forth crapola like this on his radio show for months. Then all of the sudden he's seen the light. What a joke.

    McCain sold his soul to the devil when he picked Palin for VP and started pandering to the far right wing.

    February 24, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  7. Terry from West Texas

    To quote one of the most intelligent and respectable Republican leaders and a foolish, rotten human being: "You lie, Hayworth."

    Conservatives love the nitwit crowd: birthers, racists, secessionists, tea-baggers, and every other kind of conspiracy theorist. They always vote and they always vote Republican. Also, they provide plenty of street theater: the tea parties, the protests, etc,

    So, Republican leaders indicate their support for these lackwits and their dingbat ideas with a kind of mealy-mouthed rhetoric, including winks, nods, and secret handshakes. In the end, when confronted, they disavow what they plainly said earlier. Sarah Palin looks us straight in the eye and says something like, "I didn't say that there were death panels. I said some people believe there are death panels and we owe it to them to investigate.

    Conservatism: The Big Con

    February 24, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. Fitz in Texas

    Looks like McCain is hitting an all time low on this one.

    J.D. Hayworth.....looks like I'll be donating to one more campaign.

    February 24, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Tom in Illinois

    If BO is a citizen he should prove it and move on. So far he has failed to so that.

    February 24, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  10. Liz

    If anyone doubts the old adage about 'not every republican is stupid but most stupid people are republicans,' all they have to do is read the posts on the ticker on any given day. Instead of a 'purity' test, i have a suggestion. the rethugs need to have a sanity test! but that would imply that the party wants sane people. i have never seen such a large group of people so detached from reality in my life. i don't think they even visit there, never mind live there. they are a truly scary bunch!

    February 24, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  11. Obama = partisan

    The funny thing is that a liberal was the first 'birther'.

    February 24, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. Steve51

    That pesky video record.

    February 24, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  13. Bill NY

    As I've stated before, I personally can't get enough of these people. Making a fortune selling sheets wherever they speak, I'm even applying for a patent on a holepuncher that cuts holes in the shape of eyes. My shoeshine boys are making hundreds of dollars(and paying tax) when they set up shop at these events(comments like "see these people don't need no affirmative action"). Please keep them coming as I will be a millionaire by the summer.

    February 24, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. hobart

    Why doesn't the media see that there is no contradiction in what Haworth said and believes, and ask the question more precisely.

    One can both be an American citizen and not be born in the US (Arnold Schwarzenegger is an example). You have to be both to be eligible to run for President.

    Why doesn't the media simply ask JD if he believes the President was born in the US?

    This is part of a much larger problem, which is the media allows Republicans to lie with impunity, and never calls them on it. Why not?!

    February 24, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. samuel

    these birthers they all look horrible. some of them do not believe its their mothers who gave birth to them...

    February 24, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    Though I seen evidence(and I'm sure it was) claiming our president's citizenship and I do think he is a citizen, I mean, would the news lie? What a surprise.

    But I do know people who do in fact believe he doesn't have a citizenship. I don't know how, don't know why but I heard it, pretty interesting.

    It is a heck of a legitimizing myth that's for sure.

    February 24, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Wayne from Greenville, TX

    Looks like Gramps McCain is starting to get desperate........

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. TaBu

    This is too funny, let the smearing begin lol.

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Frozone

    This is what happens to the Tea Party when they show up the GOP mainstream at CPAC by supporting Ron Paul. John McCain is obviously desperate since his campaign is where the birthers found safe haven during the election.

    February 24, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Minnesota gal

    Just like a republican,,,they get caught,,, and then they deny deny deny. It is a shame that to be a republican you have to be proficient in lying.

    Wish we had republicans in the party like the ones we used to. Good men and women who loved this country. Who believed in the principals of their party but would try to help promote and vote for bills and legislation that improved this country. They didn't sit on their butt in congress, collect their pay, get wonderful health insurance, and then deny the very people who elected them the ability and the means to do the same.

    SHAME REPUBLICANS SHAME YOU MAKE AMERICANS ASHAMED OF THE WORD REPUBLICAN ANY MORE.

    Oh for the good old days of Ike, Dirkson, Baker and yes even Nixon.

    February 24, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I knew that the "birther comments" would come back to bite those who promote such stupidity.

    As I have said countless times, those "birthers" have to be stupid to believe that George W. Bush, Cheney, the Supreme Court, Congress, the NSA (National Security Agency), the CIA & FBI would........ allow...... a NON-citizen to become...... President of the United States!

    Idiotic. Now Hayworth is suddenly changing his view?

    February 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  22. Fred in Iowa

    How funny that so many followers of G. Beck actually thought this 'birther' scandal was a serious issue months ago. A fool born every minute.

    February 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. single mom

    Who are the other two people in this ad? Never heard of them. Then again, I try to avoid idiots who think up strange conspiracy theories to get attention – like the 9/11 'truthers', Al Gore and his 'Day after Tomorrow' Ice Age panic, and global domination plots.

    February 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  24. CR

    Plenty of GOP officeholder are either Birther nuts or have encouraged them. Kookery and bigotry have become the core values of the Republican Party. They reap what they sow.

    February 24, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. freelance

    I changed my mind. I want to be a Senator.

    February 24, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
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