August 15th, 2010
05:44 PM ET
4 years ago

Standing at the border, Hayworth slams McCain on immigration

Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth slammed Sen. John McCain from the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.
Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth slammed Sen. John McCain from the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday.

(CNN) - At a Tea Party rally Sunday on the U.S.-Mexico border in support of tough immigration laws, Arizona Senate candidate J.D. Hayworth slammed his opponent, Arizona Sen. John McCain, and turned McCain's words back on the veteran senator.

On a ranch in Hereford, Arizona, and with the border fence visible several hundred yards behind him, Hayworth also praised Arizona's new immigration law that was signed by the state's governor, who has spent the last two days campaigning with McCain.

Pulling a word from a McCain letter on immigration which first surfaced in April, Hayworth said it was time to "regularize the status of John McCain," and remove him from office.

"He may try to change the terminology," Hayworth added. "Indeed, John McCain was sending out letters earlier this spring offering the boilerplate denial, saying 'Well you know I oppose amnesty.' And then in the next paragraph saying 'we must grant concessions to these people and regularize their status.' That's the new term [for amnesty]."

Hayworth said he had "a new way to apply that term."

"To put an end to amnesty once and for all, to secure our borders, to end any of this misguided talk about open borders, it is time to 'regularize' the status of John McCain. Send him back here to be a citizen among us," Hayworth said to applause.

Hayworth has long criticized McCain's letter. For their part, McCain's campaign told local media in July that "regularize" means "to follow the law."

On Saturday, McCain wrapped up a two-day, six-stop statewide tour with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, whose signing of state bill 1070 earned her wide praise from conservatives and established her persona as a strong anti-amnesty voice in the immigration debate.

Arizona will hold its primary elections on August 24.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • Immigration • issues • J.D. Hayworth • Jan Brewer • John McCain
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Rose

    Hayworth should give it up. The people of Az have long memories and he wants us to forget that he is not an upstanding guy, most of us do not want him as our Senator. He never says what his accomplishments are, all he does is slam McCain. I want him to tell us why he would be the better choice but he apparently has nothing to say on that issue.

    August 15, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Brian

    These people are coming here for a better life. I guess some people think you only have to have Christian values one hour a week.

    August 15, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. doug

    I'd join the Tea Party but... A... I have a job...B... I pay taxes..... and C... I'm not to good at making misspelled signs!!!

    August 15, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. harold

    J.D. hayworth... just another guy who wants to vote NO on everything to help the USA government pull the people out of the Great Recession... the Republicans gave us all during their 8 years of rule....J.D..... you offer nothing for the people of the USA at all...

    August 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  5. todd

    BYE-BYE john boy you had your chance and failed. No more RINOS. Step one on the path back to the Great America that once was!

    August 15, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. jmsent

    Bunch of baloney. McCain will smash Hayworth in the AZ primary, and will then hopefully spend another 6 years as a useless, grouchy old senator with a failing memory. You go Arizona!

    August 15, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  7. Dee

    Poor John McCain. No matter how far right he has tried to turn in the past 2 years it isn't helping him with those folks. He should have stuck to his principles. He might be President now.

    August 15, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Paul

    Hayworth ancestors were not natives of Arizona. The fence has nothing to do with people following the smell of their ancestors. Arizona, California, New Mexico, Texas etc. were part of Mexico not England, Italy or Ireland. Let's go back to our values and were our fathers founders left the country. Let's give back people lands and let's check if settlers in Mayflower had visa to come to America. Let natives of America take back their country and let "some" others return to England were they couldn't praise God and didn't have happiness!. Let's do the right think this time because reservations are not the way. Tea Party in England, Ireland or Italy would do better than in my native land.

    August 15, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. ozmorphus

    Where was this guy during Bush reign of terror where illegal immigration was just as bad?

    August 15, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. KMAN821

    You have a load of cr*p in one hand and a t*rd in the other ... what do you have? The 2 Republicans running for the senate from Arizona.

    August 15, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  11. dan in az

    JD Hayworth is a buffoon and an embarrassment to the state of az. With pols like Brewer, Hayworth and the newest idiot Quayle, immigration is the least of our issues.

    August 15, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Leonore H. Dvorkin

    Oh, it is just SO much fun watching the Tea Party idiots damaging the the clueless Republican party still more. This is going to save the Left a whole lot of time, money, and trouble in Nov. 2010 and Nov. 2012.

    August 15, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  13. A-mex-i-can

    To the Arizona citizens I ask: How much has Arizona lost in tourism dollars, how much wiil the numerous closed businesses cost the Arizona economy, how much is it costing Arizona in legal fees to fight for Jan Brewer's political ill direction, how much is sheriff arpasswhole costing the state in litigation and resources that protect his arrogance? All this loss due to the hateful racist attitudes of those in power and those seeking power that are jumping on the bandwagon hoping that the current smoke screen they use to hide these truths will last long enough to allow them to sneak in to power positions where they know they are not being held accountable and will in the end walk away with retirement packages also at the expense of the Arizona taxpayers. These malicious politicians are focused on their agendas while real issues that affect Arizona taxpayers go unresolved. Hopefully there are enough Arizona citizens that are above this stupidity to vote these self serving idiots out of office.

    August 15, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  14. Chas

    Where can we contribute to the campaign to unseat John McCain?

    August 15, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. LouAz

    This is a good example of the "honor" among Flat Earth Repubs and their Circular Firing Squad. Keep shooting ! You betcha, Ole !

    August 15, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Mike S.

    John McCain is still alive? Wow.

    August 15, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Margaret Anderson/Boise, Idaho

    I am no supporter of John McCain, but J.D. Hayworth is on the far extreme of reality. He is scary.

    August 15, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    The rethug party is destroying itself. No need to go in and search and destroy.
    On the other hand, and as much as I think mcnasry is a complete moron for unleashing the shrilla' from Wasilla on the world, this hayworth is 100% worse and more conservative and scary than
    mcnasty.
    Either way if AZ votes rethuglican they are in for a rough ride.

    August 15, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. The Truth Please...I Just Want The Truth

    "Not only that...but ANYONE who supports the continuation of COMMUNIST programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Unemployment Benefits, Public Education, or any other MARXIST idea that helps out working class Americans cannot posibly be a TRUE conservative..."

    Am I right, Tea Partiers?

    August 15, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. America Shrugged

    AZ can do what they want. Until I read article upon article from AZ where Gov Brewer has actually gone after the people who hire and benefit the most from hiring illegal workers, it's all politics and spin.

    August 15, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  21. Djinn

    As sad a comment as it may be, even the geriatric McCain is better than this creep.

    August 15, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Tom

    Sadly anyone who has gone from infomercials about how to get billions in free money from the government, to being a "birther", to saying the current President is better qualified to be Commander in Chief than John McCain is just going all over the place looking for approval. That in itself should say something.

    August 15, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  23. TIM

    This guy better watch out–John might sig Winky on him.

    August 15, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  24. S Callahan

    Okay..he's being gutsy.......come on CNN....get with it....the real news is there are 8 days left before that 'real change' in Iran will affect the whole world........that is the news we should be hearing about. Truth.

    August 15, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. John

    Hayworth slams McCain on immigration

    Few spectacles are more amusing than watching goons on the right cannibalize each other.

    Bon apetit, thugs.

    August 15, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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