July 16th, 2010
05:55 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain challenges Obama in new TV ad

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Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, the former GOP presidential hopeful running for re-election debuted a new TV ad Friday, but instead of targeting his opponents he focused directly on Washington attacking President Barack Obama.

"President Obama has made protecting our border incredibly difficult," the ad's narrator says. "But, Arizona has a senator with the courage and character to stand up to a president who is wrong: John McCain."

McCain's new ad highlights endorsements from Arizona sheriffs, including Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County, who is a Republican candidate also up for re-election in November.

"A president versus a senator," says Babeu in the ad. "Doesn't seem like a fair fight. Unless that senator is John McCain."

The ad, titled "SHERIFFS" is set to run state-wide in Arizona for up to two weeks, according to McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers.

The primary is scheduled for August 24. It will be McCain's fifth term in the Senate if he is re-elected.

A spokesman for McCain's opponent, former Rep. and talk show host J.D. Hayworth, fired back Friday in a statement to CNN.

"Where is John McCain? He's hiding behind sheriffs because McCain has no record to point to when it comes to protecting the border. His only policy has been open borders, which the vast majority of law enforcement officials oppose," said Hayworth spokesman Mark Sanders.

The most recent poll shows McCain leading with 64 percent to Hayworth's 19 percent.

Hari Sevugan, National Press Secretary for the Democratic National Committee responded to the new ad in a statement to CNN, saying "The fact is that under President Obama we have more boots on the ground helping to secure our Southwest border than at any time in American history, and unlike Senator McCain, this President is still fighting for comprehensive immigration reform to address the causes of illegal immigration to begin with."

Filed under: 2012 • J.D. Hayworth • John McCain • Political ads • Senate Race
soundoff (108 Responses)
  1. jabie1493

    just capital STFU mccain. DEAR lord!

    July 16, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. NVa Native

    McCain is a loser, he's too damn senial to be working anywhere.
    And Hayworth is a sleazy punk.

    July 16, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. Riley

    Did you see the latest Gallup Poll? Palin ties Obama at 46% if the election where held today!!!!

    July 16, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. focused directly on Washington?

    really, Obama caused this? this immigration problem/issue is Obama's fault?

    you GOPers find new lows and are JUST SO GOOD AT THE BLAME GAME


    July 16, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    President Obama beat the crap out of him. President Obama is a Constitutional Scholar, and Eric Holder knows the law.

    McSongbird is an ex-inept pilot that crashed and burned, and finished almost last in the Navy School daddy got him into.

    If you're smart, AZ, you'll retire him before he makes an even bigger fool of himself (didn't even know Suni from Shia in Iraq).

    Some hero. NOT

    July 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. Future expat

    Johnny "Sour Grapes" McCain is at it again.

    July 16, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Who cares. Of course he wants to make Arizona and the rest of America a "SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS" police state. The Republicans complain about the so called tyranny of the Democrat...yet all their policies are based on creating a police state where CITIZENS are getting interogated, charged and detained without cause and trampling on our legal rights.

    Whatever happened to just fining/imprisoning employees that hire illegals and enforce the existing law? Why do stooges like this guy get paid to go speak on Fox News to promote laws that hassle all Americans instead of targeting the bad guys.

    July 16, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. carrotroot

    You guys in Congress are the ones in-charge of writing the laws! The President just signs your bills! However it is YOUR job Mr. McCain to write sensible legislation ... or did you not learn this lesson the last time when your immigration reform bill went down in flames?

    July 16, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  9. liberal elite = anyone with an education

    So, the guy who has spent nearly 3 decades in Congress failing to secure our borders is calling out the guy who hasn't done it in the last year and a half?

    July 16, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Larry

    Gawd, McCain. Go away. You're so senile you can't even cover your tracks anymore.

    Flip-Flop McCain. No credibility.

    In the past two years you've just made us grateful you didn't get elected.

    July 16, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Lou from CT

    Hey John McCain – leave the immigration stuff for the Border Patrol and DHS – let the Sheriffs do what they (supposedly) do best – LAW ENFORCEMENT.

    To do anything else spits in the face of Federal Law.

    Unless Arizona is thinking of seceding from the US????

    July 16, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. thor

    Obama has no problem with illegals pouring across our borders and taking our jobs. If he cared he would stop them from doing this.

    July 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  13. Dano

    Be careful who you challenge Johnny boy – President Obama already whooped your butt once!

    July 16, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  14. Joan

    Why has John McCain totally flip-flopped from his immigration position when he co-sponsored a bill during the last administration? He is just doing this for purely political reasons not for helping the people of Arizona? Why doesn't he re-introduce his former bill which would address all of these problems if he is so concerned? Of course he won't because there is a Democrat in the Whitehouse. What a hypocrite!

    July 16, 2010 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  15. Jim

    John McCain challenge the president.... What a joke! Did he not lose the election to President Obama? It's time for this ole loser to be put out to pasture. It time for a change – in Arizona!

    July 16, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  16. Rickymo

    Why cant this old fool just retire? They hold on forever and start making older people all look feeble with their stupidity. He lives in a retirement state so he is all set. Go off into the sunset permanently and stop looking like an old fool.

    July 16, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    McCain has been a Senator for decades- where was he on doing something all thta time?
    Like most politicains hypocracy is his true value and stance.

    July 16, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  18. Peggyt

    Mcain lost the election – why doesn't he just sit down & be quiet.....!

    July 16, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. anthony

    John McCain,

    You used to support comprehensive immigration reform. Now you are kowtowing to the right wing of your party. If you can't even stand up to people in your own party, how can you take on the president? Obama beat you in 2008, when you still supported comprehensive immigration reform. How is this a fair fight when you abandoned your principle for political expediency?

    July 16, 2010 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    I'm from Tucson and most of the state government and officals of the Republican Party in Arizona are crooks. They have been taking the citizens of Arizona for a number of years in the beer distribution, warehousing, resort business. It's time to flush the toilet and get rid of the Republican Mafia in Arizona. Vote them out of office and clean up Arizona for the children and citizens!

    July 16, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. ib

    Obama and his agenda are the only things that matter to Obama. Good luck on getting this president to do anything that doesn't go along with HIS agenda.

    July 16, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  22. JT

    TELL ME WHAT TO SAY & I'LL SAY IT – McCan't Remember What He Used to Stand For.

    July 16, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  23. Susan L.

    Everytime I see John McCain on TV or read statements from him, I thank God for the fact that Barack Obama is our President!

    July 16, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  24. M-AZ

    JOhn McCain has been a US Senator for almost as long as Obama has been alive...Mr. McCain, really what have you done for the people of AZ; and certainly by now you should have solved the problem and led your colleagues toward immigration reform.

    Don't make this about Obama!

    July 16, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  25. JES

    I agree that if the government can't or will not do their job then I guess it's up to the states to pass a law so they can.

    Obama and his people are just a waste to our country.

    July 16, 2010 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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