February 24th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
4 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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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. angel

    Well, I believe that no one is disputing that Mr. Obama is an American citizen, however, many people would like to see a complete birth certificate-A certificate that confirm and validate that he was born in the USA or a USA territory. And that's something that Mr. Obama hasn't been able to show yet. Therefore, many people still are questioning the validity of his Presidency. Pure & Simple.

    February 24, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  2. felicia

    It don't matter, mccain believe that mess about President Obama's birth certificate as well. All i see is a bunch of racist b^stards.

    February 24, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  3. CT in CT

    at this point since this has been resolved and the records in Hawaii reviewed and certified by REPUBLICANS, anyone else asking to see the birth certificate should be required to show a BRAIN certificate

    February 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. Marc

    Phil Berg bases his beliefs in the denial of the existence of a SCOTUS ruling from 1939 (still valid since NO ONE has ever challenged that ruling or tried to supress it with an Amendment to the Constitution or another).
    Orly Taitz goes in the same delusional way.
    Hayworth recanted what he said, and if he was being honest or not is something yet to be seen.

    February 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Link McCain to Inept Piloting, Giving secrets to the enemy in vietnam, introducing the wasilla trailor trash to the lower 48

    McShame has lied and flip-flopped his way into the Senate since his first office was bought for him by his new wife (the one he left his disabled wife for).

    February 24, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. miketexas

    Wsn't McCain born in Panama?

    February 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I knew this was going to come back and bite someone in the butt. Anyone else wanna claim the POTUS isn't a U.S. citizen? McCain played a good card on this. Moderate republicans in Arizona don't want far right republicans when they've been happy with moderate McCain for sooo long.

    February 24, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. HBO

    Kettle... did you hear what the Pot called you?

    February 24, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  9. Norm

    McCain's entire presidential campaign was based on slandering his opponent and nothing about what he was going to do for the country and the American people. Palin won her governorship this way too. He only knows one way to campaign and even if it consistantly fails, he persists. This is why he isn't sitting in the Oval office right now.

    February 24, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. pierce

    Hayworth makes Sarah Palin seem intelligent.

    February 24, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. jerseylou

    Kind of make you smile when you see these rednecks eating each other!

    February 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  12. ART

    What a bunch of crazies,I mean look at Orly Taitz is that her hair or a helmet

    February 24, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Tracy

    Sorry birthers, you're grasping at straws...

    February 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Linda

    These people are nuts. If the President was really born in another country don't you think the republicans would have discovered that long ago.

    February 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Republicans - Wrong about everything, Wrong for America (and GW Bush was the worst President ever)

    Can you imagine how stupid someone has to be in order to believe in this drivel. If you can read, all you have to do is read the constitution. You know, the part that says that if one of your parents (his mother) is an American, then so are you.

    February 24, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. 31m-PA

    Still haven't seen the long-form birth certificate of Obama.

    February 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Tom in FL

    This is just another sign that McCain is out of touch with his own party. Like the time he took the mike from that lady who was blathering about how Obama was a Muslim. The Republican party has staked its electability on pandering to the most ignorant, the most racist, the most hyperreligious people in the country.
    Politicians who joined the party when it was the party of the wealthy and elite are now denounced by the degenerate rabble as "elitists". If he really wants to do this, he may have to take lessons from Sarah Palin.

    February 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  18. duckunder

    I'm usually for divided government, one party should not control house, senate, and white House. But I'm really concerned that if the GOP wins house and senate, will we have more of the Judge Starr type gustapo groups investigating this? Spending millions of dollars and finding nothing?

    February 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Hayworth was quoted as saying:"..."I believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen," and "Barack Obama is the President of the United States."

    GEE, YA THINK??!!!

    Evidently GOPers ARE capable of telling the truth, and not playing these sick little games, but only when it is CONVENIENT for them to do so.

    I know it's just politics, but really, there are places where people should not go. It is called common decency and common sense.

    February 24, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Minnie

    Obama can't seem to come up with facts that he was born in US.of A.
    We are waiting.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. notfooledbydistractions

    Neither one – mccain or hayworth are worth electing.

    February 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. whatajoke@politics.com

    Ha ha...what idiots. I say we go to every school, firestation, grocery store and construction site...and start rebuilding the gov't with people that have a grasp of reality...those of us that work for a living.

    Politics are like Pro Sports...no loyalty, WAY overpaid, and full of whiners and idiots.

    February 24, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. keka

    poor McCcain

    February 24, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Adrian

    Come on just because you do not like black people does not mean you should continue on with this. For one thing he is a U.S. Citizen and he is only half black so by hating Obama by the idea of his hertiage means you half hate yourself.

    Any I digress don't we have more important things to concider you know like the economy and doing what we the people not just them the senate can do to fix our propblems in this country.

    February 24, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Charlie in Maine

    "I believe that Barack Obama is an American citizen," and "Barack Obama is the President of the United States."

    Well this bozo has cleared the intelligence hurdle by naming the President and the President's nationality. Good thing he is running in the GOP. We Democrats have higher standards.

    February 24, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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