Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly on Washington attacking President Barack Obama.
"President Obama has made protecting our border incredibly difficult," the ad's narrator says. "But, Arizona has a senator with the courage and character to stand up to a president who is wrong: John McCain."
McCain's new ad highlights endorsements from Arizona sheriffs, including Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, who is a Republican candidate also up for re-election in November.
"A president versus a senator," says Babeu in the ad. "Doesn't seem like a fair fight. Unless that senator is John McCain."
The ad, titled "SHERIFFS" is set to run state-wide in Arizona for up to two weeks, according to McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.
The primary is scheduled for August 24. It will be McCain's fifth term in the Senate if he is re-elected.
A spokesman for McCain's opponent, former Rep. and talk show host J.D. Hayworth, fired back Friday in a statement to CNN.
"Where is John McCain? He's hiding behind sheriffs because McCain has no record to point to when it comes to protecting the border. His only policy has been open borders, which the vast majority of law enforcement officials oppose," said Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders.
The most recent poll shows McCain leading with 64 percent to Hayworth's 19 percent.
Hari Sevugan, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee responded to the new ad in a statement to CNN, saying "The fact is that under President Obama we have more boots on the ground helping to secure our Southwest border than at any time in American history, and unlike Senator McCain, this President is still fighting for comprehensive immigration reform to address the causes of illegal immigration to begin with."