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. Wisco

    Hey Sen. McCain, I think you might be confused about which election you're in right now.

    Just sayin'...

    July 16, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  2. Matthew

    Pretty sure they already had that fight...McCain lost.

    July 16, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  3. Squigman

    You lost the election. Now get over it, and on with your life. You could run again tomorrow, and you'd still lose.

    July 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  4. cwalk

    what john need to do is call mark and tell him to shut up.

    July 16, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. cwalk

    good old boys at it again.

    July 16, 2010 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  6. normajean

    If John McCann can stand up to the president regarding the immigration problem, why doesn't he do it? In fact why hasn't he done it long before this. In his position in Arizona he has known of the problem for years unless he's deaf,dumb and blind. This problem did not suddenly appear on President Obamas watch.This "johnny Come Lately" has never been able to get his act together, so maybe he should just retire and fade away.He won't be missed. He's all mouth and no action.

    July 16, 2010 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  7. Clint, Wa.

    John, why have you not done anything in the pasted? Wiat until it is a hot topic and then and only then say, I'm your man. Sorry, I don't think so.

    July 16, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  8. Peter s

    Welcome to the reality Sir John !

    July 16, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  9. Barbara

    Duh John.... That President whupped your ass! – Deal with it!

    July 16, 2010 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    Hey johnny POW, you are NOT running for president anymore. You and your choice of bimbo lost the election back in 2008.
    I know you are old and maybe getting senile, but maybe your rich wife can get you better doctors and meds.
    You were for illegals obtaining citizenship in 2006. Now you are against it. You ran as a maverick but now you are not one.
    Which mcnasty will you be tomorrow morning, or the next day?
    Not even you know.
    It's a shame that it's between you and the right wing nutso hayworth. You are both horrible candidates for office. Not sure what hayworth will do, but we now you will sell your soul to the devil to win. You proved it with the she devil from AK. BTW – thanks a lot for that. I hope you have nightmares every night.

    July 16, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |

    Crap, Erkel has no power other than gangster tactics like he is. Illegal, and also trying in vain to grant amnesty to millions of Illegals so they can vote. It will not fly. The people are finally coming together whether the NAACP, African Americans, Illegals, Spanish people like it or not. If anything about President Erkel's policy that has succeeded is bringing us true Americans back together again. If Palin runs we will insure she wins.

    July 16, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. Mario ca

    A french immigrant,,, blablabla

    July 16, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  13. Gregg

    WoW!!!, talk about a flip flop, he was for it, before he was against it, where was McCain a year ago, many media outlets show him praising this, and now all of a sudden, he is against it, gee, kind of like him saying not long ago that he is not a Maverick, yet during the campaign, we all heard it a million times, your days are numbered McCain, the flip flop king..

    July 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. k

    Mr. Flip Flop McCain. You showed us how much you know when you selected Palin as your VP. We have more border patrols out than Bush had, so what are you talking about. Mindless chatter.

    July 16, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  15. all of America

    McCain is right, obama is making protecting our border very difficult. Because he is putting politics before U.S. security.This is unacceptable !

    July 16, 2010 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  16. rdepontb

    Arizona, Mr. McCain does not care about your cares any longer. If he would, he'd realize that his productive political years are over, that it's past time for a changing of the guard, and that he needs to go enjoy the good life his many years of top citizenship have brought him and his family. Away from the political realm, of course.

    July 16, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. The Big J

    Sore loser!

    July 16, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  18. key

    Are you serious MCCain views Immigration the same way Obama does. This guy is a joke

    July 16, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  19. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Another attempt by McCain to make the people think that he represents them. What a fraud! Since he didn't win the election, he and all the other republicans remind me of a spoiled child's baseball team. If we can't set the rules in our favor, we will take our ball and go home.

    July 16, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Kessler

    And to think that the "Sheriff: on the left, is Larry Dever from Cochise County, Arizona, "our" sheriff, who finally could not resist any longer and jumped on the McCain bandwagon. I always thought Larry was a decent and a-political man but he has shown himself to be right there with the other clowns, including Sheriff Babeu from a non border county. Babeu is the guy who is a Major in the reserves and who will never amount to anything more than being McCain's lapdog.

    July 16, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  21. Grahame Rhodes

    McCain let loose Palin upon an unsuspecting world. We will never ever forgive him for that

    July 16, 2010 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  22. GL

    McCain didn't President Obama tell you once already that the election is over and he won. You are no longer running against the President. Why can't you and Sara Palin get over the fact you lost. This man is sick and can not get over the fact a black man kick his butt in 2008.

    July 16, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  23. CAW in MD

    If McCain had the balls he claims he does, he wouldn't have backed off his support for the common sense immigration reform that he touted, before it was politically convenient to repudiate it. But apparently that McCain no longer exists, leaving only a party hack shell to run for reelection.

    July 16, 2010 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  24. GL

    ashington (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.

    I really feel sorry for the people in Arizona because both of their candidates are nuts. McCain you lost remember in 2008. Get a crip of your self McCain you are looking like some nut job.

    July 16, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  25. William Jefferson

    Funny coming on the heels of a story showing the real jump in the number of arrests of illegals in tandem with the audits of employers. cmklame once again proving he has no idea what he is talking about. An out of touch old codger

    July 16, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
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