February 24th, 2010
02:16 PM ET
8 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. mboma

    just another republican coward who can't own up to his true feelings because he wants to win an election

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

    Hey John, you should have put your little Sara up there too, she's one of them.

    February 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. johnrj08

    Hayworth is just another political opportunist trying to ride into the Senate on the current wave of right-wing hysteria in this country. He's a dope and, now, he's a liar. He is now denying that he ever made an issue out of Obama's place of birth. Just what we need in Congress right now. Another bald-faced liar.

    February 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Felonious Monk

    John McCain supported the birthers when it was to his political advantage. By support I mean he did nothing to curb this movement. Now he is using it against his opponent.

    This man McCain is human filth. Why would any Arizona citizen vote for this incompetent monster?

    He is what is wrong with American politics.

    Last night O'Reilly stated that 76% of Americans are in favor of health care reform.

    February 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Obama the Liar

    Keep jumping the shark rino.

    February 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |

    Calling J.D. Hayworth a "talk show host" is more than kind, I remember him as the "weather clown" who wore dumb and dumber t-shirts.
    How he catapaulted that into a political career is a mystery.

    February 24, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. Dumbasrocks [R]s

    The baboons have come down from the trees, are hungry, and are now eating their own. I love it.

    February 24, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  8. Rumsfeld

    Love it! Trying to deny what has been recorded on tape. One more winner for the GOP. Is that really Orly Taitz hair?? wow. Someone needs to contact Palin's groomers.

    February 24, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. jack

    All three of these people belong in a locked and padded room confined in a straight jacket. I witnessed at the Tea Party Convention another woman(from Hawaii) holding up birth certificates claiming one was real and one was fake. And that she "knew" Obama's was a fake. Looking around the room at those who supported her I came to only one conclusion, she was a blatant racist.

    The Governor of Hawaii has examined and stated the birth certificate issued by the hospital was real. The state newspaper printed the birth announcement , who knew back then that that baby would one day run for President. All evidence proves that Obama was born in the US and is a naturalized American citizen. When will the birthers' admit all the evidence proves them wrong? Only their racial hatred keeps them from believing the facts.

    Using their own purity test, you must be born in one of the 50 US states to be qualified to hold office. How does John McCain qualify? He was born in Panama, a FOREIGN country. Last time I looked Panama hasn't been admitted to the union. Does that disqualify him?

    These people need to be relegated to a basement and kept from public view. They are an embarrassment to us all.

    February 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  10. robbie nave

    as for me i think obama is a man without a country and he is bringing OUR country down.he isn't an example to anyone

    February 24, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. evman

    Is that loser Orly Taitz even American ? Where was she born ? Where is HER birth certificate ??? Let's put the heat on that repugnant individual...

    February 24, 2010 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  12. j

    Another example of not campaigning on the issues. McCain is a flip-flopper. He's a hypocrite. Whatever happened to his "America First" slogan from the campaign? And does he really look like a "rogue" when he does everything the Senate Republicans do, even when it's obstructing measures he once would have supported? I'd much rather have Cindy McCain or his daughter Meghan run for office. At least they know where they stand on the issues.

    February 24, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. acfaber291

    has nasty mccain seen his cousin's birth certificate?

    mccain is almost 74 and it's time to retire.

    February 24, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  14. Double Standard?

    Interesting that McCain was quiet about the birthers when their claims suited him. Now he's using them in the exact opposite mode to discredit his opponent.

    Not quite the first time he's jumped over the fence when it was politically expedient.

    February 24, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  15. Nick , California

    Do and say anything for power! Morals and values go out the window when it threatens your chance at power!! Humans will never change.. history will repeat itself! Our tools of destruction have only gotten more sophisticated and are able to do that much more damage!

    February 24, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Felonious Monk

    I see where McCain picked up support from Virginia Gov McDonnel. McDonnel is the man who wrote his master's thesis about how women in the workplace is destroying the American family. He recieved his master's from Oral Robert's University. Oral Robert's locked himself in the tower on campus until "God", yes god believe it or not, provided him with 2 million dollars.

    Just yesterday McDonnel took away the rights of his citizens in Virginia. With an Executive Order he made it ok to discriminate against citizens simply because they are gay/lesbian. Does this sound moral/ethical? In Virginia you can now fire someone for simply being gay. Does this sound moral/ethical?

    This is conservative politics at it's core. Do not care about what the people of your state want, just write an executive order and force them to adhere to your believes.

    Read the Constitution. This guy has no business being in public service. He is incapable of "serving the people."

    February 24, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. John Nicosia

    Why don't gov't just put an end to the question:
    Was Barak Obama born in the USA?
    by simply posting his origional birth certificate

    February 24, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. puffery

    Everyone knows that Obozo was birthed in Kenya.

    February 24, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. Lynn

    And to think Orly Taitz is Russian born herself. She has some strange credentials, maybe she's the one who should be investigated - real estate, dentist, political gadfly - who does she swear allegiance to?. It was stunning when she confronted Chief Justice John Roberts and handed him a pile of papers she insisted he read for answers to Obama's birth place. She has chutzpah, I'll give her that.

    February 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Carole

    Question. How many sides of your mouth is it posible for a Republican to talk out of?
    How can these people be taken seriously? Hayworth is just another pot stirring, checking the direction of the wind each day.

    February 24, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. lilguy

    Pass the popcorn. The comedy is about to begin.

    February 24, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  22. Hubert Murias

    Interesting strategy. Don't birthers constitute a majority of the Tea Baggers? LOL. It will be funny to watch how this plays out over the course of the next few weeks.

    February 24, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  23. Terry - Indiana

    Darwin said it best, "Survival of the Fittest" and I ad, "Now you know why some members of the animal kingdom eat their young". In a state like Arizona, McCain may have made a big mistake. The 'birthers' have a following in Arizona, and McCain has too much Healthcare Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Banking, and PAC money in his pockets. Who said you cannot buy votes from a sitting U.S. Senator? Quick, get the voters to focus on something else!!!!!

    February 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. Jefe


    February 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. Steve (the real one)

    McCain may or may not be grasping for straws but he will have to defend his it is informed voters car eacre for policies and McCain will have to defend his policies to the voters. Name calling ain't gonna cut it!

    February 24, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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