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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  1. jeffee

    I am sure if Abe Lincolin were alive he would vote for McCain, after all they went to high school together, I am sick of these career political people in this country, the Senate and Congress shouldn't be allowed to stay 40 or 50 years in office, there should be term limits for these people, they are just like fish, if you keep them around long enough they start to stink.

    February 24, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Jason

    Nailed Ya!
    You can't say something at the beginning of the month and then expect anyone to believe the opposite at the end of the month.
    Unless you are Sarah Palin
    or a tea bagger
    or just a dope

    February 24, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. Shane

    That may backfire on McLame. The new republican party, especially in Az, are nothing but racist, birther trash!

    February 24, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. SC PUB No Longer

    Well, lets see, would it be better to question Obama's "birth" as John McEx-Maverick is accusing Hayworth of doing; or would it be better to question Obama's patriotism and accuse him of being a "terrorist by association" as John McEx-Maverick did?

    February 24, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. S Callahan

    When will these careet politicians and the wannbees get it...this stuff is so petty and the public is really sick of it.

    So what if he is a 'brither'...lots of people questioned this the first year because no one was validating the issue of the birthcertificate...and it really all tied into what the Constitution said about being Citizen born.
    It's been resolved...I think...so lets move on ..it's not an issue now as far as I know.

    February 24, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  6. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Hayworth is a "consistent conservative," he consistenty lies.

    February 24, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. RTB

    What a pathetic spectacle.

    It is amusing to see this no nothing wannabe flip and flap.

    McCain is not much better, the good people of Arizona deserve a real representative. Vote Democratic.

    February 24, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. Patriot

    The Republicans better take control or these psychos will be the leadership of the party. It's about time they showed some backbone and true patriotism.

    February 24, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. Steve (the real one)

    Sorry about tmy last post! In short, McCain will have to defend his record to the voters of AZ. Can't hide behind the name calling!

    February 24, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. Al

    Even if Obama was not born in the U.S.A., I don't care one bit. I'd
    still rather have him than the terrorist McCain.

    February 24, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  11. Eisener

    Just sickening.

    By now I feel sorry for the old man. I once campaigned with and for him. Today I am embarrassed about that. But then, I guess he is a human and he is getting old and set in his extreme ways.

    February 24, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Babs

    As far as I'm concerned John McCain has become a waist of tax payer dollars. He is beyond common reason and respect toward our President. It is time for John McCain to leave the political world. He is a negative force and we have too much of that as it is. We need honest politicians, if that is possible, who might just possibly began working together for us Americans and not their own self interests and bias. I don't think that McCain is willing to work with Obama in any way. We need to come together now more than ever and make something work for the people of this country. McCain and his bunch of followers need a rest. Please, please, put him where he belongs. It's called a rocking chair.

    February 24, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. brettrix

    mccain isn't even a natural born citizen.. .he was naturalized since he was born in an occupied zone. and we know our founders intent was to never have a standing army... let alone an occupying one!

    February 24, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  14. redisgreat

    I guess if you are not born in Arizona you are not an American. Well dammit what am I then????

    February 24, 2010 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  15. chopper

    McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five

    February 24, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  16. ter

    McCAIN: CROOK, LIAR, CORRUPT, CHEATER and STRAIGHT THEFT EXPRESS

    February 24, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  17. MatthewDetroit

    McCain you must be scared...

    You had NO guts and that is why you lost to Obama.

    It is time to retire. You have nothing good to add and you are too much of a moderate.

    Retire McCain 2010.

    February 24, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  18. james

    Hayworth is CRAZY! He can't even understand or read the FACTS!

    He still thinks President Obama is not a citizen of the country!

    February 24, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Name one thing John McCain has done for Arizona.....

    February 24, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Wingnut on the run from his red meat. Sweet.

    February 24, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  21. jqpublic

    Hey, that Orly "chick" should have to prove she's a woman first.....jeeesh.......what a pooch!

    February 24, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  22. Kari

    My god John, have you thought this through? What about the birther votes?
    Tomorrow's headline: "McCain Says, Let's See Your Birth Certificate Mr. Obama"
    ...Hayworth questioned Obama's citizenship. But so do I sometimes. Sometimes not.

    February 24, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Mike in NYC

    Whatever one thinks of the "birth" issue, it's very odd for McCain to use it in a campaign ad.

    Doubting Obama seems to be considered the equivalent of doubting Christ. Worse, actually, since it's racist, and nothing is worse than that.

    February 24, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. He's at it again

    What a surprise....McCain engaging in negative campaigning and attack ads. Wasn't he the one who was cheering on these birthers during the election...or at least his running mate was! Hypocrite.

    February 24, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    McCain's campaign seems to be running short on timing. Hayworth already has disavowed this stupid movement. The only thing that is helping McCain is the fact that he has so many endorsements; granted some are from people that he should distance himself from like Palin.

    February 24, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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