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. KateHikes

    Hey, John McCain, how about the tens of billions of $$ you're happy to earmark to the terrorist nation of I$rael, where we know your true loyalties lie? Don't be fooled, AZ, McCain sucks at the bosom of big jew.

    May 27, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Patrick

    So many people on here don't get it. ALL earmarks are bad. It's not the government's role to decide where your money gets spend in other places. Our country is supposed to have a limited government, all those projects that he mentioned should have been financed privately or not at all. So many of you need to learn what capatalism is all about. Read Ayn Rands's "Atlas Shrugged" if you still keep your socialists beliefs then at least you can tell us capatalists that you looked at our point of view and it wasn't for you. Try to educate yourself at least.

    May 27, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  3. Ken in NC

    John McCain call J.D. Hayworth an Avid Earmarker. Does Senator McCain not realize that he is an avid old idiot?

    May 27, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    McCain is noted for his famous expression of 'COUNTRY FIRST". Question is what country. With him as our President we would be in a lot worse position than we are in now. He's been the Senator for Arizona for 40+ years and after all that time, he still doesn't know how many houses he owns. What a man. Oh what a man.

    May 27, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  5. Hendrik

    John, John, you are one slimy customer. At least with Hayworth we get a moron who doesn't mind saying he is that way. You, on the other hand, are really slimy, just like that Pinal County Sheriff. Opportunists to tne end. The tactics you employ are the same "Antichrist" tactics you used against President Obama.

    Arizona, the "papers please" state, deserves you. Keep all you kooks in one place.

    I am so glad I switched from being a Republican to being a Democrat. At least the Dems think and analyze. I doubt even you have that capacity.

    May 27, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  6. Bruce

    Has John McCain done anything constructive since he's been in office. Earmarks aren't all bad. At least Hayworth took some of the Arizona's federal tax dollars back to Arazona...that's more than John can say. What has he done but by wolf tickets?

    May 27, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. Donnatella

    Wasn't his running mate loud mouth Sarah, part of that bridge to nowhere, what is he senile. I think they should start mandatory retirement in the congress and senate. 65 should be he limit.

    May 27, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Aaron

    I thought McCain was a straight shooter, but he obviously lies. When Franken cut off Lieberman during the healthcare debate, McCain said he was furious, never having seen a senator being cutoff for going over the time limit. Technically, that may be true, since, unless he watched a video, he couldn't see himself cutting off Mark Dayton while the Repubs rammed the Iraq War down our throats with their lies, eventually bankrupting the U.S.

    May 27, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Ted

    McCain did a lot worse than Hayworth will ever do. McCain introduced Sarah Palin to the world. Talk about opening Pandoras box and not being able to put the stupid idiot back in. McCain needs to retire and shutup.

    May 27, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Ruty

    Retire Grandpa and go moose hunting with the "Bridge to Nowhere" lady. Maybe you and her can swim to that island.

    May 27, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Elizabeth

    $300,000 on science?!?!? Is this guy crazy??!?!?

    McCain is right – we have to protect ourselves against evil people wanting to waste money on science. After all, what has science done for us?

    May 27, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Poor John McCain used to be a halfway respectable republicant but has turned into a flip flopping old man trying to save his job. Go home and enjoy your life in one of you many homes John.

    May 27, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. outraged

    VOTE all the incumbents poli-ticians(many bloodsuckers) out.

    HOLD the new poli-ticians(many bloodsuckers) accountable by demanding they be accountable to the VOTERS electing them. They will be OUT TOO if thery don't vote our voice as they're told.

    May 27, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  14. John TX

    McCain, you're a sorry loser at best. It's time for you to step've lost whatever you once had. Your judgement in bringing Palin into our lives can never be forgiven and certainly not forgotten and that speaks volumes. I hope the voters in AZ can see through you by now.

    May 27, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Bob (Illinois)

    Oh, my goodness. There goes John One-Trick-Pony McCain grousing about earmarks again.

    May 27, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    John McCain is one of very few politicians actually representing the interests of the majority of American citizens anymore. If you watch closely enough, you will see that consistently this is who he is standing up for. As President, certainly he would not have waited a month after the oil started gushing to figure out who was in charge of making sure this national disaster was being addressed appropriately.

    May 27, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. harold

    McCain what do you have against a bl;ueberry farm?......Or do you just like spending all the money on defense? You were around during the 8 years of GW Bush spending ... when he used his credit card so many times he needed 3 replacement credit cards.. he wore them out .,......So what did you do back during the 8 years and the resulting Great Recession brought on by all those 8 years........

    May 27, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |

    John McCain is grasping as straws, his time has come and gone. I believe we learned in the presidential election that "earmarks" accounted for less than one half of one percent of the budget. But old John just can't let it go. "Earmarks" makes for a good sound bite but in reality amounts to a grain of sand in the desert. It's really time for John to retire. But if the GOP wants to keep this relic of the past, so be it.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    May 27, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |

    These two old, rich, men need just to retire and make love to their money. Ugg. Old is the new ugly.

    May 27, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  20. Bob Of Lompoc

    Three words about McCain: " He picked Palin".

    May 27, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. Albert

    In a campaign for president it might be good to call your opponent an earmarker but in a State race it would seem that the people of the State would want a Senator that will protect State interest by assuring to bring home the pork with earmarks. John is still running for president.

    May 27, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  22. Rick

    Hayworth is a tool.
    Local sports newscaster turned into lousy politician.
    I'm surprised Hayworth could enter the capitol building with that ego of his.

    I voted against him when he ran for congress and I'll vote against him in the primaries.

    McCain is no prize either, but at least I know what he stands for.

    May 27, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. kevin

    Wow. John McCain represents everything people hate about politics. Which is to say "it's not about what's best for my country, or my state, or my city, it's about what I have to do to keep my job for a couple more years." I genuinely used to like this guy. Having said that, he is still a far better choice then that neanderthal Hayworth. It's a sad time for American politics.

    May 27, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  24. Indy

    McCain brought the Palin Plague to Americans and it was one of the worst things ever done to Real Americans and he should not be forgiven anytime soon. With judgement like that he has no right to be re elected, it was very mean and nasty and a complete fraud.

    May 27, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. rdepontb

    Sen. McCain,

    You have served your country well. Don't blow it all now, not in this petty, unnecessary way.

    May 27, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
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