August 16th, 2010
12:41 PM ET
12 years ago

McCain goes positive in latest ad

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption =" Sen. John McCain's campaign has released a new, more positive ad."]

(CNN) - After months of negative, hard-hitting ads aimed at Tea Party-backed opponent and former Arizona Rep. J.D. Hayworth, Sen. John McCain's campaign has released a new, more positive spot called 'Vital.'

The minute-long ad makes no mention of Hayworth, but focuses instead on McCain's character and major issues such as border security and the economy.

"I can't think of a time in my life when we had bigger more vital issues at stake than today." McCain says, "The rebuilding of our economy, the security of our nation, our border, and the safety of every citizen in Arizona."

"We will get America back on course, we will return Arizona to safety and prosperity," McCain also says in the commercial.

The ad was released hours after Hayworth attended a Tea Party rally at the U.S./Mexico border, in support of tougher immigration laws.

Speaking at the rally, Hayworth attacked McCain's record on immigration. "It is time to 'regularize' the status of John McCain," said Hayworth. "Send him back here to be a citizen among us."

The Arizona Republican Senate primary is scheduled for August 24th. Recent polling suggests McCain is leading by a wide margin.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • J.D. Hayworth • John McCcain
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "I can't think of a time in my life when we had bigger more vital issues at stake than today."

    Sen. McCain, you're party has done absolutely NOTHING to help resolve these "vital issues." However, I'd choose McCain over the radical Hayworth any day of the week.

    August 16, 2010 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. ramtruck2500

    I thought this man was the end all in 2000. What the hell happened to him. What a sniffly sulan old man now. Gone is any trace of any ideas. Man what a waste!

    August 16, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. barry

    Good for John. He is up by 20+ points in the polls he has always been a class act and a true American hero. Hayworth can beat the John McCain drum all he want nobody is listening to the guy anyway.


    August 16, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Uncle Snerdly

    Both these clowns escaped the farm.Call home John,your doctor is waiting,hahaha

    August 16, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. SAY WHAT...

    I would rather have a do-nothing senator like McCain than a racist tea-bagger Hayworth...

    August 16, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Time to settle down and enjoy the family John!

    August 16, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Mesa Mick

    You're not up to the job Granpa Mac – You're too old and a proven flip-floppin' obstructionist re-thug-lie-cant to ever again serve this country in a meaningful way.

    Go sit in the rocking chair in your bathrobe on the porch of one of your many homes in AZ and scream at the small children "Get off my lawn!"

    August 16, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    McCain goes positive in latest ad

    Hey McLame, you don't have to go positive, you just POSITIVELY have to go!

    August 16, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Chuck

    McCain wins first prize at being the best chameleon of Congress. He perpetually bends with the wind and will say and do anything to get re-elected. His days should be over as a politician and do hope it is.

    August 16, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    "I can't think of a time in my life when we had bigger more vital issues at stake than today." McCain says, "The rebuilding of our economy, the security of our nation, our border, and the safety of every citizen in Arizona."


    How can you REBUILD when the RepubliCAN'Ts keep TEARING DOWN the wall!

    How can you SECURE the borders when after everything is done to do so – it's NEVER enough!!!

    How an ECONOMY could grow when every time there is a chance to REFORM it, the RepubliCAN'Ts say NO!!!

    McCain – you are 'wishy-washy' and go with the FLOW even if the flow takes you to HELL and BACK!!!! You're a JACK of all POLITICS and a master of NONE because you are 'scattered' everywhere!!! You have nothing left but to TRY and go POSITIVE!!!

    August 16, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  11. lcasey

    Nice of him to be positive.
    Just have to ask........he's been a senator representing AZ for how long now? AZ didn't get into the condition it's in got that way on his watch.

    August 16, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  12. stormerF

    Time for McCain to go he is sounding more and more like Arlen Specter,interested only in protecting his own endeavors and not those of the people of Az.

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  13. E. Coli-Tainted Palin Word Salad Consumed By Media

    Don't worry, he'll be flip-floppin' should whatever position he now takes becomes unpopular or doesn't get sanctioned by his "new" set of friends for the moment.

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  14. Chuck

    McCain has done nothing to stop the excesses of the Cheney/Bush administration during their eight long, miserable years.

    Now he opens his mouth only to attack Barack Obama, the President of the United State of American who is bending over backwards to get this country back to the way it was before the Cheney/Bush fiascoes.. McCain is incapable of offering any serious and worthy solutions on the vital issues of the day.

    August 16, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  15. Mary

    I did not vote for John McCain in 2008 however I've always respected and admired him. Republicans in general need to take note and follow McCain's leadership style....however I don't think I can ever forgive him for giving us Palin....I bet he wishes he had done differently in choosing his VP running mate.

    August 16, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. Romney in 2012

    I like McCain, but I think that he should probably retire. Many of his 'maverick' ideas in the past have been terrible.

    August 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  17. Facts are not fair to the GOP

    This race should be won by "none of the above." McCain has been out of touch with reality, and thus is the ideal candidate for those who live in fear and hate. When he swore to uphold the constitution, he must not have been aware that there were more than two amendments.

    August 16, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. pc

    this cranky old fool has had so many years to fix the border/take care of arizonia and has done nothing! he is to old to run for anything. i do hope the voters in arizonia vote for none of the above on election day. mccain is a turn coat and i will never forgive him for bringing to life the worse low-class,hillbillie monster on america. he is a disgrace to this country.

    August 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    What has John McSame done to solve our nations problem for the last two years...none, nada, zero, zilch!

    Arizona can vote him back into the senate as a bench-warmer. hope his diaper-wearing behind can actually get some stuff done for Arizona...instead of this political grandstanding, bloviating and spewing forth ideological Right-wing NUTs Tea-bagging Talking points!

    John McSame has lost all credibility...he will only go down in history as an has-been old, tired, political bench warmer!

    August 16, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. normajean

    McCain is a little slow at concerning himself about the condition of our nation. Where are these people when they are really needed", HE"S ALWAYS BEEN A TRUE AMERICAN HERO? Hardly,! only when it has been to his advantage. Now that his future is shakey, he suddenly comes out of the woodwork,concerned for country. What a joke. He is a has been and is going nowhere. Just like the rest of the Repub. party, he has done nothing to be a part of this administration. As far as this little race he's in now ,he and Hayworth can fight it out, who cares.

    August 16, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  21. sir magneto

    Quite clearly it is time for this guy to hang up his spurs and ride off into the Arizona sunset. he stopped making sense about 8 years ago.

    August 16, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  22. Hammerer

    McCain caved to obama. He let obama run a campaign without any challenge and see what we got.
    Now he wants your vote so he will agree with anything you say. Just like 2008!

    August 16, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Jeff S

    I'm not anti-McCain (more neutral), but I think its funny for a McCain ad to be titled "Vitality." Next we'll have a Dick Cheney ad titled "Heartbeat."

    August 16, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Jmaxx30

    Who ever his campaign director is, should be fired. Come on! Untucked shirt and a baseball cap, is that supposed to make him appear younger and approachable. Who ever gave him this advice is a clown. tucked in shirt and jeans should have been the direction, baseball cap is unecessary, everyone knows that balding men, golfers and baseball players wear baseball caps ... he isn't a golfer or a baseball player so ... it is a sign of insecurity ... just what you want in a presidential candidate. He should have hired me a few years back he would be the president of the united states!

    August 16, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. Crazy Harry

    He has lost his marbles and should positively retire.

    Too bad his possible replacement should be put into a mental institution and be heavily medicated.

    August 16, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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