February 26th, 2010
12:57 PM ET
8 years ago

McCain enlists Kyl for latest radio ad

Washington (CNN) - President Obama tersely reminded Sen. John McCain Thursday during the White House health care summit that, "We're not campaigning anymore. The election is over."

The president was referring to the 2008 presidential race, but McCain still has a Senate campaign to deal with back in Arizona. And on Friday, his re-election campaign released yet another radio spot, this time  enlisting his fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to promote McCain's "conservative principles."

Kyl narrates the 30-second ad and tell listeners: "Arizona could have no stronger advocate than John. He's with me every step of the way in fighting for conservative principles in Washington."

McCain is facing a challenge on his right flank from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth in the Republican primary.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • John McCcain
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    McCain is attempting to move further and further to the right. Bad move! If he aligns himself as a ring wing loon like his opponent, he will definitely. What ever happened to that "Maverick" guy? I think he's lost all of his mojo.

    February 26, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Wow,Laurel and Hardy meet godzilla.hahaha

    February 26, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. We the People....

    McCain was trying to make a point and Obama came back with such a snide remark ~ the people were watching.....

    February 26, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. ronalde

    McCain sure knows how to esal his fate,sara now kyl ,if he wins it would be a miracle.

    February 26, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. B

    McCain needs to be sent to the nearest Golf course and told to stay there!

    Talk about an obsolete, angry, old, hack, he has turned into the ICON of the current Republican party, out of touch with reality.

    Vote the mean spirited old fool out.

    February 26, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Hammerer

    McCain should be shown the door. He is the type of politican that needs to be removed form office.
    Time for "REAL CHANGE" in Washington.

    February 26, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. Sgt. Flagg T. McLiberty, Superpatriot

    Thinking of these two makes me want to vomit. Good thing I skipped breakfast today.

    February 26, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  8. Indy

    Kyl forgot one important thing and that is the biggest mistake ever in judgement..Sarah Palin which is worse then Keating 5. I realize Cindy does not want him home but the man needs to retire with what little dignity he has left.

    February 26, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. mike

    good old Johnny is back to his old tricks he went to the healthcare
    summit for one reason so he would score political points with his
    republican base it wasn't about working out some sort of agreement
    with the Democrats it was about keeping his job in Arizona he could
    less about healthcare he wants to keep the tea baggers off his back

    February 26, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. ted

    Can anyone define conservative principles? Nah, I didn't think so. Kinda like family values? It sounds good, but when pressed for answers, there are none.

    February 26, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  11. Mike in MN

    Obama was a king size JERK in the summit when he pointed out to McCain that the election was over.
    The election may be over, but McCain is still a Senator. And the issues McCain had just talked about were very big issues with voters concerning the integreity and transparancey revolving around the content of the Democrat health care bills and deals made with special interests. Obama did not want to talk about that because he looks bad on all those issues and has no place to hid. So he took a cheap shot at McCain and did not address the issues that, as McCain pointed out, are very important to the American people.
    Obama is an egomaniac jerk.

    February 26, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. MikeH

    McCain abandoned his first invalid wife.

    McCain doesn't even know how many houses he has.

    McCain has been exposed telling lies in the Senate.

    Yup, these are true Conservative Republican principles.

    February 26, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. T. Lee

    As a Democrat, I just sent a letter to President Obama asking him to apologize to Senator McCain for repremaning him for making a very, VERY valid point.

    Back-room deals (like the one with Ben Nelson of Nebraska just to buy his support for healthcare reform have NO place in whatever bill is finally passed. It's that kind of stupid stuff to garner support plus the equally stupid squabbling between the Democrats, the Blue-Dogs, this 'wing and that 'wing' of the party – that is RUINING the opportunity the majority of voters provided the Democrats when they sent them to Washington last election to accomplish.

    February 26, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Dean

    While I agree with what John McCain said it was still funny as hell to she him get slapped down

    February 26, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  15. Duck Fallas

    What a Maverick!

    February 26, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. Chispter

    Please let McCain retire. He's just pitiful. Half the time he acts like he doesn't know where he is. He's had a long career, can't he simply retire while he still has some dignity left?

    February 26, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  17. Jim

    An Senator McCain should have reminded the President he has broken all those campaign promises already. All the President did was to deflect his campaign lies by telling the Senator he won the election.

    February 26, 2010 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  18. Joe

    McCain is scared s–tless of Hayworth. If I were McCain, I'd call GW & Cheney and get them to endorse me. That's worked out so well for Kay Bailey Hutchison in Texas................

    February 26, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. gt

    hayworth couldnt even keep his own seat,,, he is toast

    February 26, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  20. Ken in Gainesville

    Conservative principles:
    1. Rob from the poor and middle class and give to the rich
    2. Bankers and meg-corporations can do no wrong
    3. Fight and demonize oponents, never negotiate
    4. Force "christianity" on others, but don't follow its don'ts (like lying, cheating on your wife, slandering others)
    5. Deny science
    6. Treat the environment as something to be conquered and destroyed, then gloat on it
    7. Practice racism in the name of "state's rights"
    8. Keep the little ladies in their place
    9. Don't discuss – scream, yell, whine a lot
    10. Ad nauseum.........
    Good conservative principles!

    February 26, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    President Obama reminds Sen. McCain....""We're not campaigning anymore"

    Now that's just too funny coming from someone who NEVER stops campaigning.

    February 26, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Conservative principles?
    It's interesting that conservatives only notice "big government" when it's something their political enemies want. When conservatives want it, apparently it doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants a trillion-dollar foreign war, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants a 700-billion-dollar bank bailout, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to spend billions fighting a needless and destructive War on Drugs, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to spend billions building border fences, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants to "protect" the huge, unjust, and terribly inefficient Social Security and Medicare programs, that doesn't count.
    • If a conservative wants billions in farm subsidies, that doesn't count.

    It's truly amazing how many things "don't count."

    Conservatives like Rush Limbaugh can't ever be satisfied with enough military spending and foreign wars.

    Conservatives like Mitt Romney want to force everyone to buy health insurance.

    Conservatives like George W. Bush - well, his list of supporting big-government programs is almost endless.

    Ronald Reagan, often praised as an icon of conservatism, signed massive spending bills that made his the biggest-spending administration (as a percentage of GDP) since World War II.

    Some people claim that these big-government supporters aren't "true conservatives." Well, if a person opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposes the War on Drugs, opposes border fences, and opposes mandatory Social Security and Medicare, it's hard to believe that anyone would describe that person as a conservative at all. Most people would say that person is a libertarian (or maybe even a liberal).

    February 26, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. cmb

    I am so tired of the "conservative principles." So the rest of us are "unprincipled? " I think self-rightousness is kind of non-Christian. Degrading others is kind of non-Christian. Name calling is non-Christian. Selfishness is non-Christian.

    February 26, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    I'm not understanding what the good people of AZ see in these guys, but that's just me.

    February 26, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Disabled Veteran

    John McCain has been in Congress long enough and yes the election is over both for President and AZ McCain.....John McCain has done nothing for Arizona especially the Veterans of this state. I wrote him a letter on his website reference the VA and how the screw over the Vets on disability claims and how I was being ripped off and guess what "NO RESPONSE " not even an email acknowledging the letter. But now that it is election year he wants to jump on the Vets wagon....The problem with McCain is he forgot where he came from and I cant see how he can sleep at night knowing what he does for the vets.......I think his philosphy is like the VA if your a retired Officer then you go to the one stop benifits line BUT if your retired Enlisted you go to the 20 year come back again line....John you dam sure wont get my vote I would rather vote for Mickey Mouse then you! Respectfully a fellow disabled vet still fighting for benifits.....

    February 26, 2010 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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