July 5th, 2010
01:19 PM ET
13 years ago

McCain releases two TV ads, is accused of 'character assassination'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/05/art.hayworth.johnmccain.com.jpg caption="Sen. John McCain’s re-election campaign released two TV ads Monday."](CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain released two television ads Monday that continue to hammer home his opponent's past ties to a dubious company that aired infomercials promising viewers information about "hundreds of billions of dollars in government funding."

The company – National Grants Conferences – has been criticized by the attorneys general of multiple states for deceptive marketing and has an "F" rating from the Southeast Florida and Caribbean Better Business Bureau.

J.D. Hayworth, a former Arizona congressman, who appeared in one of NGC's infomercials in 2007, didn't shy away from his involvement with the company during an political roundtable broadcast live online last month.

"I always say about any product or service, one of the staples I learned growing up is 'caveat emptor' - 'buyer beware,'" Hayworth said. "I think that is a given in any commercial endeavor. I would certainly hope in this one."

The McCain ads call Hayworth a "lobbyist," "pork barrel spender," and "huckster," and offer another take on Hayworth's statement: "Voters beware."

"Congressman Hayworth helped a shady company rip people off, and was completely unrepentant when confronted with the facts," McCain's campaign communications director Brian Rogers said in a statement.

Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders told CNN on Monday that Hayworth "said it was a mistake, that he should not have cut the ad and has apologized for it."

"What is truly shameful though is that Sen. McCain has no record to run on when it comes to what he's done for Arizona and is instead involved in character assassination of his opponent," Sanders said.

The Arizona Senate primaries will be held on August 24.

–CNN's Charles Riley contributed to this report

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. David Scott

    Little john mccain is a very poor loser. BUT A BIG LOSER. He has ruined any chances to govern again. He is a lying, bigoted racist loser. He deserves his fall from grace for putting forth sarah "piece of DUNG" palin
    into the arena.
    Arizona, SCREW little john mccain.

    July 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  2. carlos

    mc maveric is done, same fate as that of the GOBPers....sick and repulsive

    July 5, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  3. Larry

    LOL. I don't have to watch comedies. I can just watch the GOP!

    July 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    He learned about being "a dirty politician" in SC when his own character was attacked in 2000. He's now trying to do it to others.

    McCain married into money (after luring a young blond while he was still married to a crippled woman) and he wants to denigrate anyone that earns their money.

    The job Hayworth had is not as bad as the jobs Limbaugh, Palin, and Demented have - spreading lies, hate and fear - or maybe Beck selling gold at inflated prices using scare tactics.

    Vote McSongbird, the plane crasher, OUT. Then next cycle, vote the new person out until someone with integrity is put in place.

    July 5, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  5. Ruth

    Arizona, please DO NOT vote for McCain. He is a disgrace to your state. When he chose that brainless hyena from Alaska for his running mate that did it for me. He is as brainless as her. He unleashed a wolf in sheeps clothing to this country. ENOUGH!!!! Get rid of him. Maybe he will move to Alaska.

    July 5, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Sherry

    Why ISN'T McCain promoting what he has done for Arizona? He is really brave opening the door on question of character and shady dealings, especially with HIS past.

    July 5, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. GuyinVA

    I'm sure many of you have visited the Caribbean. If you've ever had contracting, landscaping, plumbing, etc. work done there, you'll understand just how terrible a company must be to get an "F" rating from the Southeast Florida and CARIBBEAN Better Business Bureau.

    July 5, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. A HA

    seens to me that all tea party as well as the gop that's all about one thing.show me the money and don't worrie what we will do with it.

    July 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  9. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    McCain may be a shriveled up old prune, but he does know how to wage a negative campaign.

    July 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  10. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Why does the McCain camp release these when he and Lindsay Graham are filming their senate version of "Boys Gone Wild" in Iraq?

    July 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    I'm a Republican and I don't pay any attention to John McCain. He is a loser. No way can he win the nomination for President. He has tried too many times already. He needs to quit spending his wife's Money and try to get a life instead of sponging off taxpayers.

    July 5, 2010 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |

    None of us Republicans pay any attention to John McCain. He needs to leave the scene, quit spending his wife's money to gain the President nomination and sponging off taxpayer's money. He is worthless. Certainly even though he walks with a swagger when mentioning his Military record but he is no military adviser. He knows nothing of running the Army. He was shot down on his maiden flight and then was in a Cong's prison camp. No picnic I might say which makes him a hero. But for gosh sakes, make the man quit advising. FROM A 30-YEAR ARMY INFANTRY VETERAN WHO WAS ON THE GROUND IN NAM FOR TWO TOURS. THIS CERTAINLY DOES NOT QUALIFY ME EITHER TO BE A MILITARY ADVISER. BUT I'M NOT RUNNING FOR OFFICE.

    July 5, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Michael from Ventura

    They need to just keep at it until November- They're doing what they do...and so well!

    July 5, 2010 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. Bill from GA

    So Hayworth shills for a lowlife deceptive marketing company, admits it, but accuses McCain of 'character assassination". Does Hayworth have any character to assassinate?

    I don't usually defend 'Crash a Plane' McCain but these tea-baggers are totally nuts. Too bad one of these two Repugs will probably go back to the Senate.

    By the way, McCain is right about the war in Afghanistan; we need to try our best to finish the job there; those are the SOB's that attacked us.

    July 5, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  15. Ed FL

    Not to many people pay attention to that senile old coot.Hopefully he will be in Arizona playing bingo after Nov election

    July 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  16. BeverlyNC

    John McCain should be the one who has his character attacked. He is a man who graduated last in class at the Naval Academy because he partied and chased women the whole time he was there. Somehow he still managed to get into flight school which is only reserved for the top students. Guess his Admiral Daddy fixed that up.
    McCain destroyed 2 Navy jets in training which usually gets you thrown out of the program, but once against he stayed in. Meanwhile he got married and began a string of adulterous affairs. One being his current plastic wife who now hates her husband and would only show up for a contracted number of events when he was running for President. Did you see any of his children campaigning for him (other than Meghan). They hate him too because he has a notoriously abusive temper where he nastily attacks anyone who disagrees with him.
    McCain was NO war hero. He never fought a day in Vietnam. He admits he was "hot-dogging" when he decided to buzz low over Hanoi. However his stupidty got him shot down and in a POW camp. He eventually did do anti-American commercials for the Viet Cong.
    His father was so angry at his son, he did not even show up when McCain returned from the war.
    McCain married Cindy for her money and used it to run for office from a state he had never been to before meeting Cindy. He has numerous affairs on her (when he still could) and she has been arrested for stealing drugs from a charity hospital where she "volunteetered".
    McCain is a dishonorable, adulterous, lying, violently abusive, man of a lifetime of poor judgement. He never deserved to be in Congress and has never held a job. That's why is so clueless what it means to do real work, raise a family, be responsible, and have integrity,
    AZ should rid themselves of this now flip-flopping on every issue to try to pretend he has whatever views the nutjobs now have. He once co-authored a federal immigration reform bill but now he acts like he was never for immigration reform.
    If you live in AZ get rid of this characterless hypocrite. He is old, getting senile, and totally dishonest and dishonorable. Another Republican slimeball.

    July 5, 2010 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    the nasal sounds from rep females is irritating.

    They should learn how to speak effectively, not offtensively.

    July 5, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  18. shooter

    McCain is an old crook, liar, cheater, corrupt and straight theft express. He received stolen money from Charles Keating.

    July 5, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Gil

    John Mc, while I respect your military service and can only wonder how the right wing niut case conservatives have gotten to you so easily. From your choice of sarah pathetic on you have become just another one of those republican zomies voting, "NO" Even toward your own support for Immigration Reform. I just hope you are not here in November. Even a teabugger would be better. Of course, they don't stand a chance with only 20% of your party in their camp, even though the wield more clout than the other 80%. They drove me out and I'll be glad to vote democratic in the fall.

    July 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. arkebo

    Republicans that hate Government spending telling poeple how to get government money, these hypocrites just won't quit. He must be attending Micheal Steele's school of stupidity and hypcroprisy.

    July 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. roro

    As despicable as Hayworth is, McCain is no prize either anymore. I used to think he was a sensible conservative. But since he's unleashed Palin on us, he has turned into another Republican nutball. He has been in the Senate for decades, and what has he done for Arizona's immigration problems? Nothing, as far as I can tell. But that hasn't stopped him from blaming it all on Obama. He's not kidding anyone. He's getting on in years, and should just bow out gracefully, instead of turning himself inside out to please the raging right wing nuts just to get elected once more. It's time for you to retire, Maverick Man. You've shown everyone your true stripes, and they're not very becoming.

    July 5, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Bill Conerly

    Wow! 'Caveat emptor' – 'buyer beware'?

    How about 'elettore attenti', voter beware!

    July 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  23. Richard

    This is the reason why I'm voing for Mr. Hayworth, when Mr. McCain
    keeps avoiding the issues and starts throwing mud. How come Mr. McCain had changed him mind on border issues now is it because it might be and election year. Conservative my A _ _

    July 5, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. Ben Martinez

    This is what you call " politics gone wild". I guess their are no moral obligations if you running for office.

    July 5, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |