J.D. Hayworth Calls on John McCain To Stop Stalling On Debates

For Immediate Release: April 13, 2010

Introduces Debate Challenge Clock on Website

Phoenix, AZ (April 13) – Over 45 days after first challenging Senator John McCain to a series of debates, J.D. Hayworth has reissued his challenge and called for McCain to give the voters of Arizona the attention they deserve.

“Senator McCain clearly believes that spending millions of dollars on attack ads is what constitutes a campaign, but the voters of Arizona deserve much better from our part-time Senator.” said Hayworth.

Hayworth is critical of McCain for continuing to travel around the country while ignoring numerous opportunities to debate Hayworth in front of Arizona voters.

Hayworth went on to say, “It appears that our now-reluctant ‘maverick’ Senator just can’t get enough of the national limelight, but after more than ten years of caring more what voters outside of Arizona think than voters here at home, it is time for John McCain to give the voters of Arizona the same debates he demanded of Barack Obama.”

In McCain’s campaign against Obama, McCain called for ten debates that would allow the voters to hear directly from the candidates – without the empty sound bites and media-filtered exchanges that dominate elections.

Hayworth said, “I would be happy to accept the same scenario, but it would be even better if John McCain would agree to a debate in all 15 Arizona counties.”

“John McCain and J.D. Hayworth have very real differences on a variety of issues, and the voters deserve to hear directly from the candidates.” said David Payne, Hayworth’s campaign manager. “Whether the issue is McCain’s votes for amnesty, cap & trade, bank bailouts, or so many others, I can understand why he would not want to debate a consistent conservative like J.D., but the people of Arizona, like people all over America, are getting very tired of career politicians who do not believe they should be held accountable.”

To help voters track how long McCain has been avoiding debates, the Hayworth campaign has launched a John McCain Debate challenge clock on its website, www.JDforSenate.com.


Comments

  1. It’s really hard to keep pretending that Hayworth is new when he continues to run the classic challenger campaign. Snore.

  2. I am glad to see that Hayworth is calling for a debate and sooner rather than later. Most incumbents seem to ignore many requests for a debate.

  3. Stephen Kohut says

    McCain will hide from any debate. He’ll spend money on media and stay in DC. It’s what at risk incumbants do when they do not want to face an open forum of their constituents.

  4. Poor Johnny, afraid to debate JD. What’s the matter Johnny, you can’t sneak behind the curtain to get JD fired from KFYI? Johnny, did you start the investigation on JD in 2006 to get him fired from Congress? Ghee Johnny you can not debate from behind the curtain can you? OPPS I know ask Sarah maybe she will protect you again.

  5. Pragmatic Conservative says

    Hayworth is the only person with anything to gain. If I were Deacon I would call for a debate with Hayworth and see how far that get’s you.

  6. The longer McCain refuses to do this, the more weak and afraid he appears to the voters of this state.

  7. kralmajales says

    While Travis is right (this IS a typical challenger move that is almost cliche), it is always worth doing. In a race like this…it could work too. McCain is already bending like crazy to try to keep the base happy or capture it. He may not be able to do what some incumbents are able to do…which is say…”Yeah right…I have everything to lose and nothing to gain by debating you…or even acknowledging you breath air.”

  8. kralmajales says

    Interesting point, by the way Pragmatic Conservative…I would do just that if I were Deacon…and McCain would be wise to try to include him if there is a debate.

  9. Actually, Travis might be used as a “stand in”

  10. Roger, but thinking of changing to Travis says

    McCain seems to be avoiding Hayworth. That’s a good strategy. McCain has nothing to gain and everything to lose. Better to sit in the shadows and let other try to convince us that McCain is something he isn’t. A conservative.

    John, go home we do want to play with you any more. You are destroying the party and the State. Retire in Mexico. Those are the people you represent anyway.

  11. What is McCain so afraid of?

  12. McCain is afraid the real McCain will be revealed in the debate. It is pretty bad when even his pal Chris Matthews makes fun of him.

  13. The only thing better than the tired, “Let’s have a debate. Why don’t you want to debate. I demand a debate. What are you afraid of.” – all in the space of twelve minutes, is the ever popular, “Neener, neener, neener!” strategy.

    Keep it up, this is fun.

  14. kralmajales says

    Avoiding your opponent as an incumbent only really works if that opponent is a “never heard of him/her” type. Hayworth has real legs, real supporters, and truthfully McCain’s trying to attract those folks and folks who think like them. He can’t ignore the calls for debates.

  15. Mark Lein says

    stalling…or WORKING! JD must have forgotten that while he is unemployed, McCain is currently working for our state and our nation! He has never ceased to amaze me at his pathetic attempts at media attention. Try speaking intelligently about something JD, I guess your reputation was created for a reason.

  16. Jeremiah Wallace says

    I think JD is confusing the word stalling with another word…. hmmm… WORKING JD, the word is WORKING. JD look buddy we get it, you’re upset, you’re angry, you feel like no one gets it and you’re taking a beating… okay fine. But look man, these meaningless attempts at gaining attention are becoming very old and rather annoying. You’re making it worse. You come off as a desperate loser who can’t handle it, but wants to dish it out. JD let it go, let go.

  17. Mel McLoughlin says

    The records show that McCain voted AGAINST the unfunded HR1 Medicare drug entitlement expansion for seniors while Hayworth voted in favor of it. How does this make J.D. more of a true conservative than Mr. McCain again?

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