July 16th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain challenges Obama in new TV ad

Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu defends McCain in a new TV ad.
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu defends McCain in a new TV ad.

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."


Filed under: 2012 • J.D. Hayworth • John McCain • Political ads • Senate Race
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. ddt

    This Mcshame lost the presidencial elections , his still bitter unfortunately that is how he is going to die. Mcshame you will never ever be a president of the Unated States Of America, you migt even lose your sanate sit. You need to pick up a gun and go fight a war in Afhan or simply kill yourself you so retarded for anything under the sun

    July 16, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    McCain challenged Obama last November....remember? You lost again John. Name three things McCain has done to benefit the people of Arizona.....I dare you....

    July 16, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. NC

    McCain is such a bitter person because he lost to President Obama.

    July 16, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. they call me "tater salad"

    Who cares what that over the hill, out of touch, geriatric said this week? You know damned well it wasn't what he probably said last week and most likely won't be what he'll say next week! That off the grid old fart isn't even a real man, he's a man of convienence! He married his wife out of convienence (her daddy's money made his political career possible). He chose Palin as his running mate(thinking it would win over the racist Hillary supporters that said they would never vote for a black man) And he also seems to change his views whenever it's covienent as well! So as far as I can tell by what the evidence is showing me, he's pretty much a phony POS!!!!

    July 16, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    For what John McCain is doing to America....he should at least have the common curtesy to give America a reach around....

    July 16, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. red vs blue

    McCain Vs. Obama.... sounds familiar....

    July 16, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. hobart

    Dear Senator McCain,

    You are a lying hypocrite. Despite an otherwise distinguished career, you age has caught up with you, and you have sold out to the most loathsome elements in your own party.

    Let's remind you of your own record, shall we? You did nothing, NOTHING, on the illegal immigration issue for the entirety of you career; and in fact, you courted the Latino vote with a voice of moderation. Likewise, President Bush did nothing on the issue for 8 years.

    Now all of a sudden, you flip flopped 180 degrees, and blame the situation, one of your own making, on the current President. You sir, are a liar, and you damn well know it!! Shame on you.

    Why do Republicans so hate America that they not only bear false witness, they hypocritically accuse others of their very own transgressions?!

    July 16, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. JonDie

    McCain = irrelevant, sore loser

    July 16, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Hawk in Texas

    Excuse me mr. songbird mccain but you have forgotten that the democrats tried to bring up border legislation but you and all the other members of the party of no voted against it.just why didn't you republicans do it while you were in power for 8 years. ans as a veteran my self you sir are a traitor for telling the enemy every thing that they wanted to know. that is how you got the name songbird.

    July 16, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  10. Hawk in Texas

    McCain just how senile are you? you are not running against Obama this election. you need to get your opponents right.

    July 16, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  11. mamacoo

    Really? So, John McCain as a United States Senator it is your job to write legislation. I don't see you standing up for anything. If you are who you say you are then you wouldn't be attacking President Obama who has his hand full of cleaning up the mess left by Republicans. You would be campaigning on legislation you plan to introduce to Congress to adequately protect the borders of your state and deal effectively with immigration reform. What a coward attacking the President as if he is running against you.

    July 16, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Aaron

    McCain lost the last fight with Obama...why chance fate twice...unless he has nothing to loose.

    July 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  13. thomas

    Nice TV ad ,
    Are they selling Hats or Rogaine for men ? ?

    July 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Keith in Austin

    John McCain not agreeing with Barry The Bozo means he must be a racist! Right Libbies???

    July 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  15. Jon Clarke

    McCain has no room in judging our President, remember McCain chose Pailn as his running mate. anything McCain says will be a joke, no common sense.

    July 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. Sean

    Nothing but a bunch of rhetoric from McCain. How about highlighting what you've actually done to protect the border in your decades in office, Senator McCain? Nothing to highlight perhaps?

    I can't tell you what a disappointment McCain has become to me. I really used to respect the man – right up until he unleashed Palin on the world.

    July 16, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  17. are-we-going-nuts?

    The election is over Grandpa! Get over it nuh?

    July 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  18. are-we-going-nuts?

    Haha MCSane running for President or the Senate? The Teabaggers should have run him out of town!

    July 16, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. Independent

    McCain is nothing but a FLIP FLOPPER!!!!!!

    July 16, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. ruty

    I challange McCain to prove he has a brain. He chose Palin–that is all the proof I need.

    July 16, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. Jimbo (The Real One)

    Didn't McCain already challenge Obama once before in 2008? How did that turn out again...?

    July 16, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  22. KJ

    I had a lot of respect for McCain during the presdiential campaign. However, his antics during his re-election bid are showing his true colors. He really is no maverick; just another Republican extremist!

    July 16, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  23. recreant

    It will be fun watching McNasty waffle his way back to the middle once he's got the primary out of the way. Want to know which way the wind is blowing? Don't ask a weatherman, ask John McCain.

    July 16, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. patrick

    Again, as President Obama said during the televised health care forum "John the election is over"

    July 16, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  25. RTB

    Does Sour Grapes McCain ever give it a rest?

    The do nothing Senator from Arizona is about as functional as a wet diaper.

    July 16, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
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