August 25th, 2010
05:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Arizona: No hard feelings?

Phoenix (CNN) – So much for Republican unity.

A day after Senator John McCain walked to victory in Arizona's Republican Senate primary, his opponent J.D. Hayworth hasn't called to concede nor does he plan to. "J.D. has moved on," says Mark Sanders spokesman for the J.D. Hayworth campaign.

While it's not required, the primary season ritual has the loser call the winner to privately concede and pledge to support the ticket before making a public statement.

Apparently in this case, the candidate didn't see a point. "Once McCain went downstairs and accepted, there wasn't a need to have a conversation," Hayworth's spokesman Sanders tells CNN. He points out Hayworth did concede in public remarks he delivered after McCain's victory speech. Sanders adds, "It wasn't cantankerous."

Don't tell that to the McCain camp. A McCain aide who asked not to be named said of the snub, "Not surprised. J.D. is classless to the end."

The campaign for Arizona's Republican Senate primary was marked by sharp attacks on both sides. McCain spent more than $20 million to fend off Hayworth, who months ago seemed to present the long-term senator with a serious challenge. McCain labeled Hayworth a "huckster" and, in an interview with CNN, Hayworth called on McCain to apologize "to the people of Arizona" for what he termed "a fundamentally dishonest campaign."

Hayworth ended up losing to McCain by about 30 points.

Filed under: 2010 • Arizona
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. azpete

    As an AZ independent, I chose the Rep. ballot in part to vote against Hayworth. McCain is a used up politician but he's the lesser of 2 evils. Hayworth is an opportunist; look at his infomercial pushing a company promising access to Gov't subsidies. Hayworth's lack of class isn't suprising. When he was a congressman, he turned out to be the chief blowhard for extreme right wing interests. He's portrayed as Foghorn Leghorn in the editorial cartoons.

    August 25, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. Don Wuerl

    I do believe that McCain can once again act like a centrist; yes, he can! The Democrats have no chance of being elected in AZ, anyways. JD Hayworth needs to get with the program and become a decent American.

    August 25, 2010 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  3. BeverlyNC

    McCain is classless, dishonorable, a hypocritical liar and stands for NOTHING, He has changed his position on the issues so many times this year – who knows what he believes? I cannot believe AZ would send this disgraceful man back to the Senate. He is too old, too senile and cannot be trusted.

    He just was speaking out for campaign reform but he spent $20M if his wife's money on this PRIMARY – breaking AZ records on money spent on a primary. He was for AMNESTY until this year and even wrote an AMNESTY immigration bill in 2007. He was completely against wasting more money on building more border fences last year. Now he ran an idiot commercial aboout building "the dang fence". McCain cannot be trusted and thank God this dishonorable man with awful judgment did not make it to the White House.

    Come on AZ – throw this bum out. McCain used to believe in term limits too but now at nearly 80, he is still trying to go back to the Senate. Deny him in November. He needed to retire a long time ago.

    August 25, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  4. MikeH

    Maybe J.D. is planning 'Second Amendment' remedies.

    August 25, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Kenneth Close

    I guess with no manners it is a good thing that Hayworth did not get the nod!

    August 25, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Jonathan in VT

    Why did they vote to keep McCain? I thought the presidential election proved nobody wanted him around anymore. IT PROVED IT.

    There should be a law, if you run for a higher office and you lose, you have to leave.... all or nothing.... you can't keep one foot in your old job while you try to move up.


    August 25, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. saftgek

    Why would anyone congratulate someone who has no business imitating a U.S. Senator? The voters of AZ blew it. They had opportunity to place a credible candidate on the ticket, and they did not do so.

    Mr. Hayworth recognizes that the people have spoken, and has moved on. It is appropriate for him to do so. He will endure what the rest of the residents of AZ will endure – irresponsible representation by an "it's all about me" feeble elder.

    Sad for AZ, and for the U.S.

    August 25, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. andrey

    Guess who has no class – THAT ONE!

    August 25, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. charlie from the North

    Wow! Out grumpy Mr Magoo?

    Must be a great radio show.

    Maybe he can get a job on Faux News.

    August 25, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. Still the best

    John McCain is a great man.

    August 25, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    I say it again. AZ loses regardless of who they voted for. As bad as mcnasty is as he has lost a lot of respect from people (the quitter, maverick yes/no, the economy) hayworth was even worse.
    If all those retirees in AZ don't wake up they are going to lose their social security checks and medicare.

    August 25, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. Really? Who cares...?!?!?

    Just a dumb tradition, I think. Someone has to call and admit defeat? Why? The polls tell the story. Somebody won; somebody lost.

    And then pledge support to the winner? Why? I wouldn't throw support to someone or something I don't agree with. That sounds like flip-flopping. OH...I forgot. Party first, right?

    NO logic in politics....on either side. All smoke screens and who has the larger fortune to spend. No wonder we are in such pathetic shape.

    August 25, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. PJ States

    JD Hayworth has a smart mouth. He is fast on his feet and knowledgeable and experienced; however, smart mouthed people should be in the democrap party, not the more genteel republican party.

    August 25, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  14. Barry

    Unfortunately in AZ J.D. passes for class.

    August 25, 2010 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  15. Sgt. Tom

    McCain can never be trusted after bringing us that disasterous family from Alaska! AZ deserves what it gets somemore wonderful years of a flip-flopper. This clearly was a choice between terrible and worse.

    August 25, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. jojo

    JD Hayworth was the worst politician Arizona has ever sent to Washington, while in office he wound up on the 10 most corrupt congressman. Good Riddance!! JD Please dont return ever again, the radio station doesnt want you back!!!

    August 25, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. colo

    dems will never have repersentation for the people in the congress in az or florida because it is full of retired old white men.(saving money having social programs that are helping them survive, which gop want to eliminate to pay for extented tax cut for rich). But hey whos listening anyway. fact speek for themself. GOP blah, blah blah. tax cuts have helped trickle money down to us how? wars unpaid for borrowed from china. have to pay back now. gop all for war but not out of their pocket. let those that wanted it pay for it!!!!

    August 25, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. David

    JD Hayworth and Joe Arapio are eyesores on the Arizona Political Landscape. the remainder, Jan Brewer and John McCain, are political opportunists and career politicians that were able to effectively gauge Arizona's response to a failed Obama administration. Mr. Hayworth, with all his angry out of control antics deserved to loose this election for he truly is a "huckster".

    I praise the Lord the cooler, calmer John McCain won the Election. I voted for McCain in every Election but this one, including his presidential election, but I couldn't bring myself to support any politician who was a part and parcel of this massive economic failure in American History. Come back Ron Paul, we need a Revolution.

    J.D. should have called McCain, but he has proven that he is unworthy to hold office, his pride and love for himself, as he always says "no politician has a self-esteem problem" has gotten out of hand and makes him unworthy and wholly inneffective as a trustworthy Arizona Politician. Put Arizona First not behind your ambitions Mr. Hayworth, only then will you be worthy and expect me to support you.

    August 25, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  19. Karen

    I hope McCain will go back to Washington and dig his heels in and do something good, anything!! The Republicans need leadership, will it be McCain?

    August 25, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. works for me

    Geeeze... and I thought the AZ voters would have wised up. This is like saying it's OK to run your Presidential Campaign FOR THE PARTY and not for the country. The moment he chose Palin that was made crystal clear... all the game. He needed to "one up" Daddy and Gramps, without whom he would have never gotten into Annapolis.
    He's no hero in my book.
    AZ you want him? He's all yours!

    August 25, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  21. Bessy

    Too bad that he won! He will never do anything for the people in Arizona and they had better remember that since he, and many other republicans, want to do away with their SS.

    August 25, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Sgt. USMC

    Typical republican. NO CLASS IS RIGHT.

    August 25, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. humalog

    The lesser of evils by far won. The downside is the new GOP is as corrupt and extreme/irrational as it has ever been. Living in AZ for the last 6 years has been instructive on an extreme red state – be glad to be out of here.

    August 25, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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