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. Jess C

    Great, we have to listen to the ole fossil spew once again. AZ, put a fork in 'em!

    July 16, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Susan

    there should be a senility test before anybody become a senator or a congressman.

    July 16, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  3. Oh McCain !!

    where is the immigration reform you championed?

    July 16, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Darth Vadik, CA

    ...three years ago McCain was the sponsor of the same bill that is circulating thru congress now....

    ...now Grandpa has a RepubliKKKlan primary, so he "CHALLENGES" Obama (but just sounds like he's a bitter old man)...

    ...after the primary John will need the Latino vote, so he will pander more to the middle...

    ...in the meantime Obama asks Schwarzenegger to send the Californian National Guard to the border...

    July 16, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. George of the jungle

    Didn't you already do this John? What happened to your ideas for immigration reform. Changed your mind? Again? You vote these people in you deserve them!!!

    July 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Same jerk, different day. Sour grapes anyone?

    July 16, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  7. Westside

    this is the same guy that picked Sarah Palin as a runnng mate. Yeah, he knows best. What a maroon.

    July 16, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  8. x-repub

    More whiney white people. They are a disgrace to our race.

    July 16, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  9. Jorgor Barrie

    Senator McCain: Is President Obama running for the 24 August Arizona Primary you are running for?

    Boy if he is not, please stop MISUSING him and confront your CHALLENGERS head on. You have a RECORD you can effectively use.

    Success and Good luck,


    July 16, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  10. Mesa Mick

    Hey...Grandpa McCain...I'm a "Zonie" – How 'bout talking to Pres. Obama about bringin' some jobs to AZ for a change.

    You and Kyl need to work on gettin' us some unemployment insurance as well – thanks to you two "real" Americans livin' in AZ can't feed their kids!

    Hey Kyl...How you gonna pay for those tax cuts for the rich – Cut unemployment insurance? Oh, I forgot, tax cuts for the rich isn't government spending according to you "government on the cheap" rethugliCANTS...

    July 16, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Hall for Obama

    Better be careful McCain he will whip you again.

    July 16, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    What a sad liar and loser McCain is.

    Obama is making it harder to protect the border? Please.

    July 16, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. What a political blow hard

    Please John, what did you ever do about during your terms as senate? The reform packages you ever supported all contained amnesty. This is just the rants of a senile man.

    July 16, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. McLostIt

    Didn't the President already BEAT the Senator rather soundly?
    Jeesh can any Republican make sense these days?

    July 16, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  15. maf

    Oh John, still going rogue. . .hope your resume is up to date, never can trust the polls!
    John, when are you going to start a positive campaign, with answers to the most pressing issues? Another GOP talking head with NOthing to offer and NOthing to say other than the same tired old talking points of a party that is completely out of touch!

    July 16, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. American

    McCain is still mad and bitter President Obama beat, crushed him in 2008.

    July 16, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  17. Roscoe

    Well, let's hope Hayworth permanently flushed him self down the drain with his infomercial, but McCain is busy spreading BS with his newly found border security pride. Just like Jan Brewer, McCain is riding the immigration fear as far as it will take him. Truth be told, McCain was a supporter of amnesty who has been able to change his spots. What a crock.

    Babeu was a failed politician from Boston who found a home as a sheriff in AZ. Why does all the trash wash up here?

    July 16, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Larry

    McCain still thinks he's running for president

    Poor old fart

    John, I'll always respect your service to this country in Vietnam, but it surely is time for the politicians pasture for you

    July 16, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. drill baby drill

    You old, senile, decrepant, sore loser! Almost every thing that your against now, you were for just 18 months ago. It's on tape dummy!

    July 16, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  20. LouAz

    This seems like the Texas Sharpshooter principle. Blast both barrel of you shotgun toward the door while you are standing inside the barn. Then go draw a target around the best group of holes. No substance, just pure emotional appeal to fear. Great politics John !

    July 16, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Donald in CA

    Someone should tell mccain that since he let the far right hi-jack his campaign that no one takes him serious anymore, even his own party.
    He should quietly retire to arizona and become a illegal shoe checker.

    July 16, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. MagMcQ

    As we'd say here in Arizona, this is pure old bull hockey. McCain likes to attack everyone else, but he has not come up with one single plan for tackling this issue. If he spent less time on the attack and more time offering some solutions, he'd be a much better option in the next election.

    July 16, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. John Wilson, Racine, WI

    John, John, please retire or go to a hospice... you are brain dead...

    July 16, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  24. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    McCain is a a$$ hat!! What the heck is the add supposed to mean? He has been a part of "the gove I was always taught when growing up in this country that we were all in this together. Well now, the republicants want to make it a one party one answer system, no compromise and no acceptance of responsibility. Just blame the liberals. Not what I thought the US was supposed to be.

    July 16, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  25. Kenneth

    "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."

    Thank you Mr. Sevugan! John McCain needs a break from his flip flopping. He has proven that he will say WHATEVER it takes to win a senate seat. Once there what does he get accomplished? NOTHING!! Remember he rushed back to DC during the Presidential campaign to solve the economic crisis ... hmmm. He is the one who brought the "plague of Sarah Palin" onto the American people. Please Arizona retire this relic of a so-called Maverick.

    July 16, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
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