August 16th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
4 years ago

McCain goes positive in latest ad

 Sen. John McCain's campaign has released a new, more positive ad.
Sen. John McCain's campaign has released a new, more positive ad.

(CNN) – After months of negative, hard-hitting ads aimed at Tea Party-backed opponent and former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Sen. John McCain's campaign has released a new, more positive spot called 'Vital.'

The minute-long ad makes no mention of Hayworth, but focuses instead on McCain's character and major issues such as border security and the economy.

"I can't think of a time in my life when we had bigger more vital issues at stake than today." McCain says, "The rebuilding of our economy, the security of our nation, our border, and the safety of every citizen in Arizona."


"We will get America back on course, we will return Arizona to safety and prosperity," McCain also says in the commercial.

The ad was released hours after Hayworth attended a Tea Party rally at the U.S./Mexico border, in support of tougher immigration laws.

Speaking at the rally, Hayworth attacked McCain's record on immigration. "It is time to 'regularize' the status of John McCain," said Hayworth. "Send him back here to be a citizen among us."

The Arizona Republican Senate primary is scheduled for August 24th. Recent polling suggests McCain is leading by a wide margin.


Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • J.D. Hayworth • John McCcain
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    McCain is "a washed up old man" and has done nothing for the State of Arizona. It's past time he retires, he's old and tired and when Obama put that whooping on him it was the end.

    August 16, 2010 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. Michael in Houston

    McCain is unstable. This is the same person that thought Palin would be a great choice on the ticket. Sorry Senator, we had enough concerns and fears with you being Commander in Chief as it is...bringing Palin one step away from the button was grossly insane.

    August 16, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    term limties

    August 16, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. Anne P

    A little late Senator, you have done nothing lately to help with current issues and likely won't in the future. Worst of all, you brought that loony tune from Alaska into our lives which is unforgivable. G'bye now.

    August 16, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. BinMESA

    I have watched this primary race for some time now and find that both speak the truth about each other. All I can say is wow! Neither of these John's be in the Senate.

    August 16, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. BeverlyNC

    McCain is such a LIAR and totally senile.

    He thinks he has CHARACTER??? He thinks he has VITALITY???

    Name one thing this dishonorable man has done to help restore America this entire Congress?? NOTHING. He has thrown embarrassing tantrums on the floor of the Senate. He has blocked all legislation to help working America. This is the man who said our "economy was strong" just before it collapsed a week later.

    He chose the stupidiest woman in America as his running mate and ran a campaign of hate, lies, and racism.

    Now he has flip-flopped so many times on his positions, no one knows what he really stands for – other than getting re-elected.

    McCain has been for AMNESTY for illegals his whole career. He even wrote a bill for it in 2007. He supported Presidents Reagan and Bush when they gave blanket AMNESTY to more than 13M illegals during their presidencies. Suddenly he hates illegals, stands behind what he knows is an unconstitutional AZ law, and wants to rip up our Constitution so Republicans can target one ethnic group for discrimination?????

    McCain is NO patriot. He is a traitor to the People and it is way past time to get this senile, characterless, dishonest man out of the Senate.

    AZ- GET RID OF MCCAIN – He cannot be trusted.

    August 16, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. Doc

    That's it! He's lost it! Not to insult anyone with Alzheiners but he must have it if he can't remember The blockade of Cuba that put us on the brink of nuclear war, Vietnam, Civil rights movement, etc., etc. Granted we do have some real "vital" issues to deal with, but why isn't he trying to get his party to work with the Dems, like he used to do, instead of allowing them to be the party of no that got us in this mess in the first place?

    August 16, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  8. anagram_kid

    How can he be expected to get America ‘back on course’ when he is one of the people who helped derail it? And what are his specific plans? Does he still know how to find Bin Laden? Nothing but crickets…
    McCain’s legacy will be introducing Sarah Palin to the nation; a critical lapse in judgment. He cannot be trusted to make decisions for America any more.

    August 16, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. KLK

    Either way, Arizona is screwed.

    August 16, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. diridi

    I wrote long time ago, this McCain is an idiot....okay...crook. Get rid of all old junk, and pass senate term limits....for senate, and congress representatives....ok, this nation's dire need...

    August 16, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Eli

    John McCain, an American hero.

    August 16, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. roro

    Exactly what has McCain done about the immigration problem in Arizona over the last few decades he has been the Senator there? And what the heck has happened to that guy who once earned the respect of both parties before he unleashed Palin on us?

    August 16, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  13. hypocricnnation

    Desperate Times (And People) Calls For Desperate Measures, Senator McCain Only Has To Refer To His "Buddy" Senator Lindsey Graham (Mr. 14th Amendment).

    August 16, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  14. Papasan in AZ

    McCain wants another term [5th] stuffing his pockets with kick back money and screwing Arizonians...

    August 16, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Larry

    "I can't think of a time in my life when we had bigger more vital issues at stake than today." McCain says, "The rebuilding of our economy, the security of our nation, our border, and the safety of every citizen in Arizona."

    In 27 years in Washington McCain has never contributed to any of that.

    August 16, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. Peter s

    Mcain may God have mercy on you!

    August 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  17. Squigman

    Go positive,or negative, it matters not. The next time I see a politician, with sleeves rolled up, and a ball cap on, I'm gonna puke. If you're in politics please stop acting like your gonna do a good days work. Most of you haven't worked up a good sweat since you were caught in a compromising situation, and sweated from nerves getting frayed.

    August 16, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Rick McDaniel

    McCain has to concentrate on what he brings to the table, and let the voters decide who is best to represent them.

    Negative ads, do nothing for him.

    August 16, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  19. Tim

    Ah yes, another piece of blithering folderol from the poster boy for term limits.

    August 16, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. glib lib

    Imagine that, a republican ad that talks about merit and agenda instead of downgrading the other opponent.

    August 16, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  21. Stacey

    John McFrazzled! Maverick NOT!

    August 16, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  22. tcaros

    McCain is a shame to the honest folks trying to change this country's course from the mindless Bush era to a new order- the people's new order.

    August 16, 2010 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Eric

    Thank you for your Navy service.
    Thank you for your incredible sacrifices in the Vietnamese POW camp.
    Thank you for your time in the legislature.

    Now, I'd thank you kindly to step aside into retirement and let someone overturn the RINO bu11$h!te you've been advocating for the past 30 years.

    Don't go away mad... just go away.

    August 16, 2010 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Susan

    Wow... John McCain a "class act" and wanting to "move onto more vital issues"... We that would actually mean that you would participate in the political process and really represent ALL of your constituents and compromise with the democrats, work in a BIPARTISAN way. You have seemed to have had amnesia this year on the two prior points.
    Personally, I wish he would just retire. I live in AZ, have voted for him, but he is not representing me and my state fairly and I am tired of HIS politics! He has mutated into a right wing republican.

    I WANT CHANGE IN THE STATE OF AZ! PLEASE RETIRE!

    August 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. MrAmerica

    Presenting the all improved, new and recycled McCain. Here to give this year's award – Sarah Palin and the Repug Republicans!

    August 16, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
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