July 16th, 2010
07:37 AM ET
4 years ago

McCain debates other candidates as Senate race heats up

Sen. John McCain will square off in a debate against his opponents Friday night.
Sen. John McCain will square off in a debate against his opponents Friday night.

(CNN) - John McCain will continue the fight to retain his Senate seat Friday as he debates his competitors in Arizona.

McCain will square off against former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and Tea Party activist Jim Deakin in a debate at 7 p.m (10 p.m. ET) at the studio of CNN-affiliate KTVK in Phoenix.

The three are vying for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat. The primary is scheduled for August 24.

McCain is widely ahead of his two challengers, according to a poll released this week.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • John McCcain
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Charlie in Maine

    Wow, Break out the tea.

    July 16, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. Keith in Austin

    Whoever wins the GOP nomination, the chances of a Democrat winning a Senate seat in Arizona are as likely as a snowball surviving on a sidewalk in Phoenix!

    July 16, 2010 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  3. Seattle Sue

    This should be interesting, two radical door knobs debating each other.

    July 16, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Get A Grip

    J.D. Hayworth will win this hands down and hopefully will win the election.

    July 16, 2010 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The only reason to keep McCain is for his seniority in the Senate.

    July 16, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. Laurie

    Mccain is an evil, cruel, backstabbing liar. Debate that old man

    July 16, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    McCain only has a chance if the two challengers split the vote. Don't let this old spineless RINO back in by default, AZ!!!

    July 16, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    This goes double for John McCain!
    Over three decades in the Senate and the American people still had their lives stolen from them by the corrupt Wall Street, Insurance and banking industries in 2008.
    Yet no one has been charged after 8 trillion dollars was stolen from the American people.

    July 16, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. which house is he going to stay at?

    McCain has what 7 houses, so which will it be? This to me is a more interesting question then his debating

    July 16, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. PFFFTTTTT

    Oh, yippee skippee. Wonder who Sour Palin is endorsing. This is another fine opportunity for her to inject herself into the limelight with a non-sensical tweet or verbal diarrhea about the candidates. And CNN will be right there to report on it..... "Palin Says......" "Palin Does....." "Palin 'Thought'" Palin POOPED Today!!!!!"

    RETIRE, MCCAIN!!! We don't want senile old creeps like you in D.C.

    July 16, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. RJ

    John McCain will kiss a dog to get re-elected.

    July 16, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Four and The Door

    Good luck Hayworth and Deakon debating John McCain on the issues. He's knows his stuff inside and out and he is a genuine champion for the people he represents. You had better bring your A game. He lives his.

    July 16, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. CommonSense

    Well leave to insane McCain to mess up bad during the debate!!! He can not possibly remember all of past and present stands on the various issues he's lied about.....ex. was for immigration, now against it

    July 16, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  14. Fed Up!

    It isn't "McCain's" seat just as it isn't "Obama's" seat that the Republicans are after.

    July 16, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Wonder if the Songbird will have Lieberman there to feed him his talking points (like he did in Iraq)?

    McCain needs to be put out to pasture, even if his wife's money is what's keeping him in DC (she wants him out of her hair too).

    ha ha ha ha ha ha

    July 16, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Carl Justus

    It is too bad McCain in my opinion has lost his way. He is getting a sinile and it is time for him to go. I think anyone senator that is in his middle seventies should not be able to run again. I do understand that some can do alright but the majority are only fixtures drawing their salaries and paying staff.

    July 16, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Rick McDaniel

    I still like McCain, although he is now past the time for running for President.

    July 16, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Poser

    Of the three GOP candidates (the Tea Party is really just the GOP with another name), McCain would be the best choice. Hopefully they won't ask him whether he's a maverick in the debate. Maybe he could have Joe the Plumber or Jose the U.S.Citizen pinch hit a few questions for him.

    July 16, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Bill Drucker

    McCain is an honorable American statesman. I think he truly has the country at heart and he is not just a spokesman for the RNC. Too bad the country overlooked this statesman in 2008 and went for that fool now in the white house. Just look what has happened to us since Nov 2008, so sad!

    July 16, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. Ben in Texas

    A civilized debate won't solve anything with this bunch. Put them in a mud pit and let them wrestle to a conclusion. After all, this campaign is all about mud slinging.

    July 16, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  21. BDub

    Out with the RINO! Vote JD Hayworth!

    July 16, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Dont forget to thank a Globalist if you dont have a job.

    Someone tell John its not the Vietcong hiding under his bed.This clown should retire now and cut Americans a real break.

    July 16, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |