June 8th, 2010
06:20 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain launches ads casting Hayworth as Washington insider

Sen. John McCain launched two new ads Tuesday painting J.D. Hayworth as a Washington insider.

Sen. John McCain launched two new ads Tuesday painting J.D. Hayworth as a Washington insider.

(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain launched two ads Tuesday that seek to shine a spotlight on his opponent's past work as a lobbyist.

McCain is locked in a re-election battle with former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth. The two ads - one for television and one for radio - paint Hayworth as a Washington insider that was voted out of office in 2006 because of his ties to lobbyists.

"Hayworth was paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on," the television narrator says. "Outsider? A lobbyist is as inside Washington as it gets."

Brian Rogers, McCain's campaign communications director, took the message a step further by tying Hayworth to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"It is stunning that Congressman Hayworth would register as a Washington lobbyist after Arizonans voted him out of office in part because of his close ties to another lobbyist – convicted felon Jack Abramoff, who is currently serving time in federal prison," Rogers said in a statement. Abramoff was transferred Tuesday from prison to a Maryland halfway house to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Both ads will run statewide "for the next couple weeks," according to Rogers. Arizona's primary will be held on August 24.

Read the TV and radio scripts after the jump:

Television ad script:

SEN. McCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approve this message.”
VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth says he’s an outsider. But after he was voted out of Congress he became a registered lobbyist. Hayworth was paid thousands by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on. Outsider? A lobbyist is as inside Washington as it gets.”
ARIZONA VOTER: “Hayworth was my congressman, but we voted him out.”

Radio ad script:

MALE VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth says he’s an outsider. Hmmm. Well, he was an insider as a member of Congress. Then, his big spending ways and taint of a lobbying scandal became too much for Arizonans. We voted Hayworth out of office. So what does Hayworth do? Remarkably, he decides to become a lobbyist himself.”
FEMALE VOICEOVER: “J.D. Hayworth was paid thousands of dollars by a Florida corporation to lobby the very committee he used to serve on. He became what he’d denounced, not for any Arizona interests, only for his own. So, when Hayworth says he’s an outsider, he’s not. He became a registered, professional lobbyist. And, that’s as inside Washington as you can get.”
MALE VOICEOVER: “Vote John McCain. Character matters.”
SEN. McCAIN: “I’m John McCain and I approve this message. Paid for by Friends of John McCain.”

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • J.D. Hayworth • John McCain
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Connect McSongbird with the Keating 5 that started bank de-regulation. That should cancel one of the ads. And link McSongbird to one of the politicians bought and paid for by the lobbyists.

    McCain needs to follow Helen Thomas. His time has passed. He's senile or demented.

    June 8, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Has anyone noticed how quiet Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are in all this?

    June 8, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    McCain is still BFF with G Gordon Liddy - na ner na ner na ner.

    June 8, 2010 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Hows that oil slick coming along Rush?

    Wow two morons duking it out,lets put them on paid per view and give them boyscout knives,hahaha

    June 8, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Tony

    Does John McCain make anyone else feel as nauseous as he makes me every time I see his wrinkled old head? I just feel like vomiting every time he speaks.

    June 8, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  6. CBR

    Senator McCain has some things in his background which are not too terrific. What goes around comes around.

    It would be good if both men were defeated. They have a hard time being civil and entering into meaningful debate.

    June 8, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Marty, FL

    If McCain is trying to paint someone else as a Washington insider, what would that make him? Sadly hypocritical.

    June 8, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. Sally in Wichita KS

    That doesn't make any sense... how long has McCain been in DC?

    June 8, 2010 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  9. annie s

    Poor John McCain. He just gets slimier and slimier.

    June 8, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. Red Arizonan

    More dishonesty from the McCain campaign. Hayworth registered as a lobbyist in 2008 to help ONE client with ONE item. That was all, ever. McCain registered as a lobbyist back in 1976 when he was a lobbyist for the Navy! McCain apparently needs to shade the truth in order to win reelection. Sad. Support JD Hayworth instead – contribute now at jdforsenate.com and let's help boot a career politician who has drifted to the left out of office.

    June 8, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. ChicagoPat

    Vote for John McCain! I real Washington Outsider!

    June 8, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Dooglas Escobar-Moran

    I guess John McCain is scared. I hope he doesn't get the nomination. OLD CREEPY GUY!

    June 8, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. vette gal

    Good lord, this is like calling the kettle black. If McCain's not a Washington insider after all these years in office, then none of them are.

    June 8, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Chuck AZ

    I'd vote for a skunk before I'd vote for McCain again. He can't be forgiven or respected for bringing that ditz, Palin, on to his ticket. Such poor judgment renders him incapable of solid decision making. You lose, John.

    June 8, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Pragmatic

    Sensible people don't trust Hayworth, labeling him nothing more than a “media personality.” Hayworth is known to be "an avid earmarker" with links to Jack Abramoff… and then there is off stated opinion that gay marriage means you can legally marry your horse … People in AZ are truly between a rock & a hard place …

    June 8, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  16. Peter

    who is mccain kidding? Loser that he is he is sure to lose this again....

    June 8, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  17. rdepontb

    Senator McCain,

    Please, why don't you go in peace. What's with this nonsense of a campaign your people are running? You don't need this, we don't need to see you like this. I'm sorry to have to say something so cruel-sounding, but the best thing would be if you dislocated your hip-anything to give you an easy out. That would save the Party, the State, and the Nation a lot of humiliation. Honestly, you heed to go now.

    June 8, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. kimberly

    I am NO mccain fan, less so because of the palin joke, but I CERTAINLY respect him alot more than hayworthless! i worked HARD to get Mitchell in and was even lucky enough to meet President Clinton and Mitchell while working on that campaign. As useless as mccain is, he is FAR less dangerous than hayworthless. And yes i DO know what I am talking about! A majority of Americans are ready to STOP off shore drilling and get to another viable solution for energy. its the IGNORANT uneducated right that believe they understand things, which they DO not, and do not CARE about!

    June 8, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  19. Bob (Illinois)

    Character matters. Riiiight!

    That ad was brought to you by the man who chose Palin as a running mate.

    June 8, 2010 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. carlos

    the poor maverick is getting desperate.......and, obviously, will not be reelected....GOOD!

    June 8, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  21. Ndubueze Chuku

    The POT calling the KETTLE black. Sen Mccain has lost every bit of credibility that he ever had. Thank God he lost the 2008 presidential elections. Thank God.

    June 8, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  22. Paul

    And McCain isn't? Next voting cycle will be fun.

    June 8, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  23. anotherGDlefty

    John "character suddenly matters" McCain should be put out to pasture. It would be funny as hell to see this nimrod be the one to do it. If this is the best the right has to offer, we here in Arizona may finally get to go blue.

    The republican choices are a a career politician that doesn't remember what he stands for today or a radio bloviator that already lost his seat in the house because he's as dirty as the day is long.

    John McCains legacy = flip flops & Sarah Palin
    JD Windbags legacy = kickbacks & Jack Abramoff.

    June 8, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. Get A Grip

    Ok, if I lived in Arizona I would certainly vote for J.D. Hayworth and not for liberal Sen. McCain (R)

    June 8, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    While hayworth is another right wing nutso (he really is!!!) two words describe what a pathetic human being mcnasty has become = $ara paylin.
    No matter who wins the repug nomination Nevada loses.

    June 8, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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