May 27th, 2010
04:56 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain: Hayworth an 'Avid Earmarker'

John McCain has released new ads that call J.D. Hayworth an 'avid earmarker.'

John McCain has released new ads that call J.D. Hayworth an 'avid earmarker.'

Washington (CNN) - Sen. John McCain has released more tough ads against his Republican primary opponent, now saying that J.D. Hayworth is an "Avid Earmarker."

That is the title of the television and radio spots that the McCain campaign released statewide on Thursday. Sen. McCain is locked in a battle with the former congressman to win the GOP senate nomination in Arizona.

Both the radio and television ads cite Hayworth being "described as an 'avid earmarker.'" In a corresponding e-mail to reporters, the McCain campaign listed media reports to bolster their claim.

In the TV ad, McCain is cast as a staunch opponent "against pork barrel spending." "He fights to save us money," an announcer also says.

Then, over video of Hayworth, on-screen graphics list items that the ad says Hayworth supported while he was in Congress, including: "$220,000 to renovate Maine Blueberry farm," "$250,000 to control Maui seaweed," "$5.8 million for Vermont snowmobile trail," "$300,000 to map the genes of Michigan chickens" and "$223 million for 'Bridge to Nowhere'."

A woman at the end of the television ad says, "I just don't think we can afford J.D. Hayworth right now."

The radio ad lists three of the same items seen in the TV spot, with both spots tagging with a similar theme.

In a statement, McCain 2010 Communications Director Brian Rogers said that McCain "has never requested a pork barrel earmark," and accused Hayworth of "exploiting the corrupt and wasteful practice of earmarking and voting for billions of dollars in wasteful pork barrel spending."

Hayworth's campaign is responding to the fresh political attacks. Spokesman Mark Sanders told CNN, "The kind lady at the end of the [television] ad has it wrong. She can't afford not to have J.D. Hayworth in the Senate. Between the Wall Street bailouts and the outrageous $2.6 trillion plan for retirement benefits for illegal aliens, she really cant afford six more years of John McCain."

Regarding the listing of items that Hayworth supported while in Congress, Sanders said, "Voters are on to this old Washington trick of cherry picking measures in massive appropriation bills and using them in attack ads. John McCain has gone negative. He must be worried."

Filed under: Arizona • J.D. Hayworth • John McCcain
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Both of these guys are phony and will support whichever lobbyists will line their pockets.

    May 27, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  2. Factual Quote

    RE: The McCain-Fiengold Attempt to Crush Free Speech

    QUOTE Chief Justice John Roberts said to the Obama Administration's Federal attorney defending McCain Fiengold: "If we accept your constitutional argument, we're establishing a precedent that you yourself say would extend to banning the book" - a hypothetical 500-page book containing one sentence that said "vote for" a particular candidate. UNQUOTE

    In view of the First Amendment Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech, CNN is touting John McCain ?

    May 27, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. shooter

    Dirty old man uses dirty tactics to attack his opponent, by doing so he lower himself and become a stupid old man.

    May 27, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    Hayworth is an idiot and a fool. But he's better than McCain.

    May 27, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    two GOPers going at it.......and Reagan said to NEVER speak ill of another Republican!

    May 27, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  6. Mike

    JD Hayworth was chosen as one of the 10 most corrupt Congressman by Newsweek magazine when he was in the House.

    May 27, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. constitutionalpatriot

    Yeah McCain needs to go. But how about some facts instead of the 3rd grade name calling? You lefties need to grow up and read the Constitution while you're at it! THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WANTS YOU GUYS TO SIMPLY STOP RAMMING BIG GOVERNMENT GARBAGE DOWN OUR THROATS, I'LL KEEP PAYING TAXES JUST LEAVE ME ALONE! NOT ONE MORE INCH!

    May 27, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. burt

    This might sound a bit morbid, but this reminds me more of the Donner party instead of the republican party..

    May 27, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  9. DENNA

    For giving us that fungus Sarah Palin, you should never win another election. Ever! No one believes in you anymore after that pathetic stunt. Now this self-centered bubblehead is tooling around the country, making trouble and telling lies and thinking what a grand person she is. Thanks for nothing!!!

    May 27, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Fed Up!

    Isn't Senator McCain the same person who once described an earmark for a planetarium a million dollar taxpayer waste for an overhead projector?

    One always needs to verify what John McCain claims.

    May 27, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Holding Up A Mirror

    Mr. McCain ...

    You are the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. You can't run against Washington. If the Federal Government isn't doing it's job on immigration ... that means you and Senator Kyl are not doing your job.

    I'd like to see you show some leadership sir. Why don't you get your Republican State Governor and your Republican state assembly to pass a law that will incarcerate business owners, executives, managers that hire illegal aliens? That is a law which the state could pass that IS CONSTITUTIONAL. This is a law which falls in the sphere of control of the state.

    If you cut off the demand of illegal, underpaid, cheap labor by CRIMINALIZING their HIRING, the Mexicans coming here for work will stop.

    May 27, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. Papasan in AZ

    McCain! John! Are you in there!


    May 27, 2010 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  13. mfbattle

    Didn't I see a McCain ad talking about all the military money he (McCain) had brought to AZ? McCain is in real trouble here, and this is against Hayworth, who is not the best (or brightest) candidate out there.

    May 27, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  14. welches, oregon

    why don't you just GIVE IT UP John –

    May 27, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  15. billybob 'n NC

    ... and "once upon a time, I was a maverick" McCain is an avid flip-flopper!

    May 27, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  16. Hope You Lose McCain

    I hope you lose by an embarassing margin in the primary and/or election McCain. I believe you deserve to lose any and every election going forward.

    You're the reason for unleashing Wasilla's village idiot on the rest of the intelligent world. Every time I hear her pretend like she knows what she is talking about (cringing) I realize that had you not selected her we would have been spared her stupidity.

    You deserve to lose you idiot.

    May 27, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Ancient Texan

    While I have a great deal of respect for McCain, a conservative he isn't. He ran a terrible campaign for president in 2008. So, I have to support J.D. Hayworth and his strong stance on border control on this one.

    May 27, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  18. LogicDictates

    flippity-floppity, McCain.. wasn't your running mate Ms. 'Bridge to Nowhere?'

    shame on you for trying to curry favor w/Tea Partiers by abandoning your beliefs... or maybe you just lie(d) about what you believe to suit your career and keep you elected... either way, for shame. I mean, it's not like it's subtle or anything like that, your flip-flopping for political gains... smh

    May 27, 2010 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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